- Child Custody
- Family Law
- Child Support
Houston family law attorney Robert Reid McInvale handles all child support legal matters with regard to litigation, enforcement, reduction, and modification throughout Harris County, Texas. Issues with respect to the financial obligations of parents are addressed in the initial divorce decree, but that doesn’t guarantee circumstances won’t change or obligations will be met. Read on for more information about Houston support laws and child support collection.
Child support is usually granted to the “custodial” parent, or the parent who has legal custody of the child, and is paid by the “non-custodial parent,” or parent with whom the child does not primarily reside. Custodial parent may litigate because…
Non-custodial parent may go to court because:
In situations where the parent ordered to pay child support fails to do so according to the requirements outlined in the divorce decree, the parent to whom payments are owed has the right to request enforcement of the divorce decree. Enforcement measures can be used to collect past-due and regularly-scheduled support payments. These methods may include deducting support from the delinquent parent’s earnings, filing liens against his or her property, or even sending the parent to jail until they pay up. Contact us for help with child support collection in Cypress.
In some cases, the amount of support ordered at the time of divorce becomes an issue because the paying parent is no longer earning the kind of money they did when the divorce decree was initially finalized. A parent who finds that they can no longer afford the same amount of child support can request a reduction in the amount they must pay. The court can then use Texas legal guidelines for child support payments as they relate to income and order a reduction accordingly.
Either the custodial or non-custodial parent can formally request a modification, or change to the child support requirements established in the divorce decree, via a formal motion to the court. The court that made the original child support award has the authority to modify the order if conditions changed for one or both parents that affect the original support arrangement.
Collecting child support from deadbeat parents is one of the most common problems that custodial parents have. There are numerous ways to collect child support, but there is some basic information that you must have in order to help Reid McInvale collect what you are owed, as follows:
No matter what assistance you need with your particular child support situation, or if you would like information about child support collection, the Houston-based law firm of Robert Reid McInvale can help.
Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.