San Antonio Child Support Modification Attorneys
Child support is a crucial measure to make sure that both parents, no matter the custody agreement, contribute financially to the care of their children. Many child support agreements are created at or around the time of a divorce. It is not uncommon for this agreement to require modification as life’s circumstances shift. If you want to make changes to your child support agreement, seeking the help of a skilled family lawyer will help you obtain the optimal outcome for you and your children.
The lawyers at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. put the full force of our knowledge and skill to work for families in San Antonio. We understand that issues regarding divorce, custody, and child support can quickly become complicated and stressful for everyone involved. Our team is committed to clearly and professionally presenting all options and possibilities so that families can pursue the right solution. When it comes to matters regarding your family, don’t take any chances. Contact Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. today at (210) 349-9933 to learn more about how we can help you with your child support modifications.
Do I Need a Child Support Modification Lawyer?
The child support modification process can be complicated in Texas. A lawyer can guide you through the petition, negotiation, and resolution so that you can achieve a favorable outcome for your family. Parents who seek to make changes to their child support agreements are hoping to resolve the situation in a timely manner. Whether you are struggling to meet the payments or you need more financial support from the other parent, time is of the essence.
Failure to meet payments carries a monetary penalty and opens parents up to legal action. Having a lawyer to advocate for you if you have fallen on difficult economic times can make a significant impact on the penalties and the outcome. Additionally, if the other parent is not contributing the amount that you believe is fair, it could put an additional and unnecessary financial strain on you. No matter your situation, an experienced family lawyer can help you secure the necessary modifications as soon as possible.
When all parties work together, the process of child support modification moves along much more efficiently. Unfortunately, because topics of child support and personal finance can be sensitive, cooperation isn’t always possible. If you are having difficulty working with your child’s other parent, a lawyer is a helpful resource and will keep you focused on the goal. No matter how difficult your situation may be, the end goal is to make sure that your child has the financial resources they need.
Why Hire Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. to Handle My Case?
Our team at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. leads with compassion in every case. We know how difficult it can be to seek the help of a lawyer for sensitive family matters. We take the trust that our clients place in us seriously, and we are proud to deliver excellent results. While we know that families in San Antonio have many choices when looking for a lawyer, by providing excellent service, clear communication, and unparalleled legal knowledge, we continually seek to prove that we are the right choice.
All our partners are board certified in family law, which means that we are certified specialists in our field of practice, a distinction that fewer than 1 percent of Texas law firms can claim. We are dedicated to family law and use our practice to improve the lives of families in the San Antonio community. If you are considering a family lawyer, one of our attorneys would be happy to meet with you to discuss how our team can help.
Child Support Modification Cases in San Antonio
Motivations for making amendments to a child support plan vary depending on the financial situation of each parent or the needs of the children. A child support agreement may be eligible for modification if the following conditions are present:
- The plan has not been changed within three years
- The amount of the current monthly child support payment differs from the support being sought after by either 20 percent or $100
- The family has experienced a material and substantial change in circumstances since the initial agreement was signed
A material and substantial change is a standard that must meet certain conditions. In Texas, the standard is satisfied when:
- The noncustodial parent’s income has either increased or decreased
- The noncustodial parent is now financially responsible for other children
- A change to the child or children’s medical insurance coverage has occurred
- The child or children have had a change in living situation
In Texas, when child support payments are missed, they incur a 6 percent interest rate. If you are struggling to meet your payments, and you can’t meet the full amount, it is always best to pay what you are able to pay. Ultimately, you should seek to modify your plan if you anticipate problems with payments will be an ongoing issue. Failing to pay child support can result in many consequences, including losing your license, being barred from applying for or renewing a passport, having your wages garnished, having your tax refunds intercepted, and even spending significant amounts of time in jail. Rather than facing these consequences, seek a modification of your child support agreement if you will be unable to pay your child support.
On the other hand, if you know that your child’s other parent has recently had a promotion or come into a lot of money and you don’t think you should be paying as much in child support as was originally agreed upon, or you think your ex partner should be able to pay you more, you can also petition to have your child support agreement altered to reflect this change.
Contact Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. to Discuss Your Case Today
At Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, L.L.P. we understand that as your life changes, your child support agreement may need to shift to fit life’s circumstances. We are dedicated to making sure that we help you obtain the modification results that will ultimately work to the child’s benefit. No matter if you are struggling to meet payments on time or if you feel that you need more child support from your ex-partner, we are ready to learn about your situation. Finding solutions can be difficult, but our team of highly qualified child support modification lawyers can help ease the process. Call us today at (210) 349-9933 to get started.