Child Support and Custody in San Antonio, Texas

Child Support

In most situations, Texas bases child support calculations on guidelines that are set by statute. Although this often makes support matters relatively straightforward, it is still important to have an attorney at your side to ensure that you pay or receive a fair amount of support.

How Does the Court Decide Custody?

The court issues a temporary order on custody based on a multitude of factors, which are based on the best interests of the child. Determining those interests means answering questions, such as:
  • Who is the primary caregiver?
  • Is the home physically and emotionally safe and stable?
  • What are the plans for the child?
  • How do the parents get along?
  • Which home best provides the means to keep the children together?
  • Which parent is best able to care for the child physically and emotionally? This includes considerations of fitness, such as violence and abuse.
Our experienced attorneys are aggressive in fighting for your rights. We negotiate with shrewdness and litigate with confidence. Schedule an appointment with us today for a free consultation about child custody.
To fully understand your obligations and rights related to paying or receiving child support, contact Bineham & Gillen, PLLC, at 210-541-6800 for a free initial consultation.

Our Approach To Child Support Cases

The San Antonio family attorneys of Bineham & Gillen, PLLC draw on years of experience to protect your interests in child support and all other family law matters. We have an in-depth understanding of Texas child support guidelines and how they can affect a child support agreement or order. When you work with us, you will always have access to a child support attorney so that you can receive the trusted advice you need directly from an experienced legal professional.
We take the time to answer all of your questions and guide you through each stage of the child support process. We will help you understand all relevant concepts that may arise during and after support is set, including:
  • Understanding Income-Based Guidelines: Texas law looks at many factors, such as number of children, financial means, disability and many others, to come up with a precise child support number. We help you understand how support calculations affect your obligations to pay or ability to receive child support.
  • Contempt and Enforcement Actions: When the other parent does not make required payments, it can be detrimental to your children and put additional stress on you. We petition the court to use its enforcement mechanisms — suspension of driver's licenses, garnishment of wages and even jail time — to hold the other parent accountable and help you obtain the money you need for your children to grow and thrive.
  • Modifications:Modification allow you to change the support you pay or receive based on a change in your financial circumstances. A person paying child support will typically seek a modification if he or she has lost a job and no longer has the means to make payments. Someone receiving child support typically seeks an increase in payments when he or she learns that the children's other parent has substantially increased his or her earnings.
Parents holding child - Child Support in San Antonio, TX

Court Action for Non-Payment of Child Support

There are many ways that the court can penalize a parent who does not pay child support or is delinquent. These include:
  • Suspending the Parent's Driver's License for Six Months
  • Placing the Parent on Probation
  • Putting the Parent in Jail
  • Requiring the Parent to Pay the Other Parent's Attorney Fees

Child Custody

The child custody attorneys at Bineham & Gillen, PLLC, provide assertive advocacy to those in San Antonio and the surrounding area. We make sure that you are able to spend a fair amount of time with your kids, and that the best interests of your children are protected. Our representation is individually tailored to your specific circumstances and based on your particular needs and goals. Our compassionate counseling and attentive service are matched only by our assertive advocacy, which is used to help you protect your rights and retain fair access to your children.

San Antonio Child Protective Services (CPS) Attorneys

In Texas, Child Protective Services (CPS) is the agency responsible for investigating allegations of neglect and abuse of children. If you find yourself the target of a CPS investigation, your children may be taken from you, there will be an overwhelming amount of paperwork to fill out and requirements to meet, and you may feel as though you will never see your children again. What's the most important thing to know when this happens? You have options, and an experienced attorney can help you assert your rights.

At Bineham & Gillen, PLLC, our San Antonio, Texas, lawyers help those caught up in CPS investigations by:
  • Negotiating with CPS agents
  • Investigating the charges leveled against our clients
  • Showing clients how to meet CPS and court requirements
  • Doing everything possible to help clients reunite their families
  • Assisting with the development of acceptable service plans
  • Standing up for our clients' rights before, during and after the Chapter 262 initial hearing
We know that any matter involving your family, especially those where your children are removed from your home, are emotionally charged and filled with anxiety. We fight for your rights to minimize the disruption and emotional trauma that you and your children experience as a result of overzealous CPS investigations or false allegations of child abuse or neglect.
We also represent aunts, uncles and grandparents seeking to place children with their blood relatives through adoption. Even if CPS is against these adoptions, our skillful attorneys can stand up for your rights and help you preserve your family.

San Antonio Adoption Attorney

The attorneys at Bineham & Gillen, PLLC, are committed to helping Texas residents seeking to adopt a child. The process is lengthy, complex and oftentimes charged with emotion. From the initial consultation to the preparation of legal documents to the formal adoption, we remain at the side of our clients..

Some adoption cases involve second marriages where termination of parental rights is necessary to complete a stepparent adoption. While many are uncontested, some birth fathers will dispute the adoption and refuse to sign the necessary documents.

Other adoptions involve out-of-state children, requiring thorough knowledge of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.


Finding the Best Options for Custody and Visitation

We represent you at all stages of custody matters, beginning with initial negotiations with the children's other parent. If you and the other parent are unable to decide on a parenting plan and custody agreement, the court will step in and decide how custody should be allocated. The court will assess many factors — such as the stability of the homes, desires of the children, parental abilities and many others — in making its determination. It is vital to have an advocate representing you during this hearing, so that your story is told and you are able to look out for the best interests of your children.

Comprehensive Custody Representation

Whether negotiating with opposing counsel or representing you in court, our knowledgeable family lawyers are equipped to help with all aspects of custody, including:
  • Sole Custody
  • Joint Custody
  • Visitation Rights
  • Coordination of Schedules/Time Sharing
  • Primary Residence Designation
  • Contempt and Enforcement of Custody Agreements
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Geographic Restrictions for the Children
Custody issues do not just affect married people. Parents who are unmarried can seek custody under a Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR), which involves many of the same issues as a custody suit tied to a divorce.