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Child Support

Child Support Lawyer

Providing Legal Counsel in Texas


Both of a child’s parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support for the child, whether or not they are married. When the Texas family courts issue a child support order, payments should be set at a reasonable amount based on a parent’s actual income and expenses.

At the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., our child support attorneys guide parents through the process of obtaining appropriate support orders in family court. If you are concerned about child support, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Advocating for Fair Child Support Payments

In Texas, when a child’s parents get divorced or when a parent of a child born outside of marriage seeks child support from the other parent, the family court judge will use a formula to calculate the appropriate monthly support payment.

The basic formula considers the following:

  • The adjusted net income of the parent required to pay child support (obligor)
  • The number of children involved in the present case
  • The total number of children that the obligor has a duty to support

The court also has the discretion to take into account various other factors,including time actually spent in possession of the child, and whether the child has special needs when setting the amount of support.

The income of the custodial parent is usually not considered in the formula, but family court judges do have some discretion to increase or decrease the payment and may choose to consider the income of both parents. Other factors that the judge may consider include child care needs, school tuition, and the special needs of a particular client.

Supporting Clients Throughout the Process

Our attorneys play several important roles in the child support process. We help clients make sure the court gets an accurate picture of each parent’s income, and we help them communicate any arguments for deviating from the typical child support formula.

We also handle requests for child support modifications when the underlying circumstances affecting the child support calculation have changed, and we can help clients with either prosecuting or defending the enforcement of child support orders. To learn more about your child support options, contact one of our family law lawyers today.


  • Great Lawyer in court and out

    Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.


  • E. Jenkins

    In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search was over. She immediately had a game plan and made me feel very secure. Anytime I had a question, Priscilla and Jason made sure that it was answered in a timely manner. We spent less than a year, and after it was all said and done, I have primary custody of my daughter. I would say hiring Ms. Swan and Schneider Law Firm was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.

    E. Jenkins
  • B. Davis

    In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

    B. Davis
  • R. Carson

    My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

    R. Carson
  • A. Hoover

    Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and myself. She, along with Priscilla and Laurie have gone above and beyond. I would highly recommend Melissa Swan.

    A. Hoover
  • K. Whitworth

    Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you Bria.

    K. Whitworth
  • N. Dood

    Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

    N. Dood
  • K. Holloway

    Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

    K. Holloway
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