Raising children is a lifetime commitment and we work towards ensuring that such a commitment is honored. In Texas, both parents are legally responsible to support their children; however, one parent is typically obligated to pay periodic child support payments. Texas has set guidelines for determining the amount of child support that should be paid, which can vary depending on factors such as: income of the parties, work-related child care costs, health insurance costs, pre-existing child support obligations, and any special needs of the children or parents.
Parents can seek a change in a prior child support order due to significant changes in the earnings of the parent making child support payments. In these situations, a modification suit can be filed to request a change in the amount of child support ordered. The Law Office of Melissa A. Cook, PLLC, is experienced in initiating and defending modification suits involving child support issues, and strives to reach agreements and minimize costs whenever possible.
When a parent obligated to pay periodic child support, and/or ongoing child-relating expenses (such as medical expenses) does not fulfill those obligations, an enforcement suit can be filed to obtain reimbursement. The Law Office of Melissa A. Cook, PLLC, is experienced in initiating and defending enforcement suits involving child support issues, and strives to reach agreements and minimize costs whenever possible.