Child Support

Whether you are just beginning the divorce process, or you need assistance with the modification or enforcement of a current child support order, our experienced team is here to help with your child support case.

Contact us today to schedule your personalized consultation:  by phone, 512-201-4083, or email

Child Support Team of Experts

Divorce is a difficult and emotional process to walk through. Our team is here to help answer all your questions and ensure your individual needs are met. There are many questions that arise from our clients and we will help you navigate each with clarity.

divorce attorney Austin, TX
divorce lawyer Austin, TX

Establishing Child Support

In Texas, the purpose of a child support order is to require parents to provide for their children’s financial needs. Most child custody cases result in one parent being ordered to pay monthly child support to the other parent. Texas law presumes that the parent who establishes the child’s primary residence will receive child support. Child support can also include the payment of medical insurance, dental insurance, and medical expenses for a child. Unless the child has a disability, child support in Texas only lasts until the child reaches 18 or graduates from high school.

The State of Texas has legal guidelines that provide a formula to calculate the amount of child support to be paid by one parent to the other.

This formula is based on the number of children involved and the paying parent’s financial resources, including income. However, the court may deviate from the guideline to go above or below the presumed amount for a variety of reasons. At Thompson Salinas Londergan LLP, we often represent parents seeking above-guideline support and parents defending against unreasonable or unworkable requests for high child support.

Setting the amount of child support can be a contentious process. Our team is here to help answer all your questions about child support and ensure the individual needs of your case are met.

Enforcement Child Support

Texas law offers excellent tools to ensure the payment of child support. If the parent paying child support is employed, child support can automatically be withheld from their income. Texas also has a central system for processing all child support payments, which ensures that an accurate record of payments is kept.

However, after a court signs an order setting child support, further legal action may be necessary to enforce that obligation. For more information on enforcement of orders, see Enforcement of Orders.

Modifying Child Support

Once a court sets child support, that same court can modify the obligation. We see a variety of reasons for modifying child support. For example, one parent may have a significant increase or decrease in their income. Sometimes it is just the passage of time – if the original child support order was put in place when the child was young, it may be appropriate to revisit the amount of support. For more information on modification of orders, see Modification of Orders.

Our knowledgeable and experienced team of family lawyers stand ready to assist you in your child support case.

Approachable. Informative. Supportive.

Let us assist with your family law matters

Reach out today for your personalized consultation

Contact Us
Thank you for your message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.