Whether you are going through a divorce or separation or struggling to collect payment from a former spouse or partner, if you are dealing with a matter that involves child support, you need to be careful to avoid costly errors. From improperly calculating child support to stopping payment without court approval, there are a variety of mistakes can have long-term consequences for you and your children.

If you need help with a child support-related matter, you have two primary options: You can contact the Texas Child Support Division, or you can hire a local child support attorney. While the Child Support Division can help in certain cases, there are circumstances in which it will be strongly in your best interests to seek legal representation.

4 Reasons to Hire a Local Child Support Lawyer

1. Texas’s Child Support Laws are Complicated

Child support issues involve a number of unique and complex provisions of the Texas Family Code. In order to make informed decisions – including making sure you consider all sources of income when calculating child support, knowing when you can seek to modify an existing child support award, and going to court to enforce a former spouse or partner’s child support obligation – you need to have a clear understanding of how the law applies to your personal circumstances.

2. The Child Support Division Cannot Provide You with Legal Advice

While the Child Support Division can provide you with resources to help yourself, it cannot provide you with legal advice. In fact, its role is technically to represent the State of Texas in all child support matters. In order to obtain advice focused on protecting your best interests and to have legal representation in court, you will need to hire your own attorney.

3. The Child Support Division Cannot Help with Other Family Law Matters

If you are dealing with an issue involving child support, there is a good chance that your situation involves other family-related legal issues as well. An experienced attorney will be able to assess all of the potential legal implications of your situation and help you pursue the best path forward.

4. Mistakes Can Have Serious Consequences, Including Wage Garnishment and Jail Time

If you stop paying child support without court approval, if you withhold access to your children from a former spouse or partner who has stopped paying, or if you make any of the other mistakes that we see all too often, you could get yourself in serious trouble. To protect yourself and your relationship with your children, you need to take the right approach at every stage of the process, and the best way to do this is to work with an experienced family lawyer.

Speak with a McKinney Child Support Lawyer for Free

Our lawyers provide experienced legal representation for McKinney parents in all child support and other family law matters. If you have questions or need help and would like to speak with an attorney, we encourage you to call (214) 726-1450 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.