Child Support Enforcement Lawyers
The experienced child support attorneys at Gregory Law PLLC are here to help you make sure that you are receiving or paying the correct amount of child support. We know how important it is for you to secure your child’s future, and how critical it is that the right amount of support is established.
If the court ordered child support payments as part of your divorce or another court order, then the other parent is legally required to make those payments. If they aren’t living up to that responsibility, you and your children will be the ones to suffer. A lack of child support can make it difficult or impossible to pay for rent, utilities, clothes, food, school supplies, and other bills. Without child support payments, you might have to take on multiple jobs to make ends meet, thus spending no time with your children.
With Gregory Law PLLC, you can go back to court to ensure your former partner is compelled to pay what they are required to by the law. Child support cases can be very technical, but we know the evidence required, the arguments that need to be made, and the different methods we might be able to use to collect child support. If you are not receiving child support in full, contact Gregory Law PLLC at (713) 861-1293 to find out more about how we can pursue enforcement and get you that support.
What a Lawyer Can Do to Enforce Your Child Support
To successfully pursue enforcement of your child support, you will need to prove that your former partner is delinquent in payments. You will also need to argue against their excuses or their demands to lower their support payments.
Some parents may be having difficulty making payments because of reductions in income, but the court must authorize any adjustment to an existing child support order. A parent who is not receiving child support needs to demonstrate they have not been receiving full payment of their child support. They may then have to argue that those payments are still necessary.
While you are not required to have a lawyer to do this, the likelihood of your success in winning your enforcement is dramatically higher when you entrust your case to a lawyer. Lawyers have the experience and knowledge to formulate the best legal strategies for you. Child support hearings can quickly become emotional, and it is also beneficial to have an attorney to help maintain a calm demeanor in court.
Trust This Important, Sensitive Issue to Gregory Law PLLC
At Gregory Law PLLC, we understand the struggles families must deal with without child support, and we are passionate about ending those struggles. We know our duty to you and your children, and that is why we work harder than any other law firm to fight for you in court, arguing the most compelling reasons why that court has to step in to protect you and your children.
We will use our three decades of family law experience, as well as our extensive understanding of Texas law to build the arguments that are most likely to help you obtain the child support you are entitled to. We understand that this case can make all the difference to the success of your family, and we will not give up on returning to you the full child support you are owed.
How We Can Enforce Your Child Support
A successful child support enforcement case can include many different means to compel the other parent to pay what they owe you and your children. Some of the common methods of enforcing child support orders include:
- Wages: The court can choose to garnish your former partner’s wages before they receive their check and remove their ability to withhold funds when they are available.
- Property: When funds are not available in the form of a paycheck, we can seek property owned by your former partner to pay their child support. If this individual has significant homes, vehicles, or other expensive property, we can ensure you get full child support by using this property to fund that support.
- Withholding tax refunds: If a parent who owes child support, their tax refunds can be intercepted and used to pay their owed child support.
- Lottery winnings: If a parent who owes child support wins more than $600 in a state lottery game, the winnings may be intercepted to pay past due child support.
In addition to automatically taking these forms of payment, a refusal on the part of your former partner can lead to these consequences:
- License suspension: Failure to pay child support can lead to a driver’s license suspension or an occupational license suspension until child support payments are made.
- Passport denial: A passport may be revoked or denied when a parent owes child support payments.
- Contempt of court: A continued, willful refusal to make child support payments can lead to a parent being held in contempt of court. The parent held in contempt may be forced to pay the support, get a job, or go to jail.
- Incarceration: In some cases, failure to pay child support can lead to a jail or prison sentence.
Using a combination of the tactics described above, we will fight to ensure you start getting the full child support you require to provide for your children without undue financial distress.
Contact Us to Get the Support Your Children Need
The safety, comfort, and future of your children require that you have the funds to pay for the basics they need. You should not have to struggle because the other parent of your children is failing to live up to their legal responsibilities. If you or someone you know is not receiving the child support they are entitled to, Gregory Law PLLC can help you file an enforcement claim. Contact our enforcement lawyers at (713) 861-1293 to find out how to get started.