Deadbeat Dads and Moms – What to do about a Child Support Evader

Texas law allows private attorneys to seek out individuals that are intentionally not paying child support and who owe a back-child support amount.

We’ve all seen it — she or he drives a beautiful vehicle, is always on time to pay the bar tab, and travels to destinations that would make you jealous, yet they pay little or no child support. Maybe they take their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s kids to a fancy resort while your own kids are on free lunch and haven’t even been as far north as San Antonio because money is tight.

The Texas Family Code provides that are person who may be found to be intentionally under-employed, or that the support they get from their significant other or family members may be included as income for calculating higher child support, or that the job they have from their parents may be calculated at market value instead of a sham pay check.

The first thing to do is to serve them with a petition to enforce and confirm arrears, then take them to court and ask they be jailed until the arrears are paid and that child support be properly calculated. Show the judge what they drive, where they live, where they go, and take it from there. 

Do you need help with a deadbeat ex?  Call The Barrera Law Firm at (956) 428-2822 or fill out this form for a free consultation.

How Do I Prove My Ex is Hiding How Much Money They Make to Pay Less Child Support?

Under Texas Law, child support is usually calculated based on the percentage guidelines in the Texas Family Code, 20% for one child, and add 5% more for each additional child up to 50% of the person’s net income.

If the person has other children, their child support may be less due to those obligations. However, the courts usually stick to the percentage-based calculation BUT they don’t have to.

A Texas court may also deviate from the guidelines based on the needs of the children, or evidence that the person is living large, brand new truck, expensive vacations, getting all their bills paid by their parents, spending more than they make.

It is never difficult to track this kind of behavior if it exists. One can always retain a competent attorney that ensures the person is served with legal and binding orders to produce proof of income, Time slips, contracts, bank statements and an inventory of what they own and what they pay for.

If you need help in a child support case, call The Barrera Law Firm at 956 428-2822 for a free consultation.

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