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Davis Legal Group, PLLC

Texas Child Support Enforcement & Collection Lawyers

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(469) 910-0085

No Upfront Fees Or Costs
(469) 910-0085

Child Support Enforcement Lawyers

Serving Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Gillespie, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, McLennan, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Williamson & Wise Counties

About Us

The Davis Legal Group, PLLC with offices located in Carrollton & Plano, Texas provides experienced Child Support Enforcement & Collection representation to all individuals in need of unpaid child support in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Gillespie, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, McLennan, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, Williamson & Wise Counties as well as all other Texas Counties on a “contingency fee basis,” which means there are no upfront costs to you, and we don’t get paid unless we collect.

(469) 910-0085

Do I Qualify?

Do I Qualify?

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A Texas court ordered the child support,

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You know where the other parent resides or works, and

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You believe you are owed at least $15,000 in unpaid child support.

Relentless Pursuit Anywhere in Texas

We will go anywhere in Texas to collect your child support.  It doesn’t matter to us how old your children are at this time.  Even if your children are in their 50’s and you are a grandparent, we can still collect.

Contact our Texas Child Support Enforcement Lawyers for a free case evaluation to learn how we can help you.

Email Us About Your Case.

Tell Us About Your Case

Please email us about your case.  If after evaluating your case, we believe we can help you, we will email you to request additional information and schedule a phone consultation.  Provide as much information as possible. Include the following information:   (1) the county where the most recent child support order was entered, (2) the amount of child support arrearages you believe you are owed, (3) indicate if you know where the other parent lives or works, (4) what they do for a living, and (5) if the Office of the Attorney General has previously been involved in your case and the result of the involvement.

How We Can Help You?

We offer a free case evaluation for all potential clients that meet the qualifications below.  If after the evaluation, our Texas Child Support Enforcement Lawyers believe they can help you with your case, a phone consultation will later be scheduled to discuss your case in more detail.  You pay no up front fees or costs until we collect on your case.

Speed & Contingency Fees

Our Child Support Lawyers strive to provide faster and aggressive enforcemet methods to collecting child support that many are unable to find through the Office of the Attorney General.


Our Child Support Enforcement Lawyers pursue & collect child support on a Contingency Fee basis which means, we don’t get paid unless you get paid.

No Meetings Required

While we do maintain offices in Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Frisco, Dallas, and Plano, Texas, there is no need to take off work or rearrange your busy schedule to consult with one of our Texas Child Support Enforcement Lawyers.  All cases can be handled through phone consultations, Facetime, Skype, and email, no matter where you are located in Texas.

Our Child Support Enforcement Lawyers will travel anywhere in the state of Texas for the cases we accept.

It’s Never Too Late to Collect

It doesn’t matter if your child is now in his or her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s.  If at some point the parent who was ordered to pay child support failed to do so, we can still pursue that money and collect not only the original child support money that was owed, but also the interest that has accrued on that original child support debt as well.  The interest can cause a substantial increase in the amount of child support one is owed.  It is quite common for a parent to pursue child support well after his or her children are adults.  In fact, we’ve had clients who were grandparents pursuing child support they were owed back in the 1970’s.

Always realize, it’s never too late to collect.  You were owed that money and you probably needed it for the child during the time you were supporting them. You didn’t have the luxury of not paying for what your child needed, so don’t fail to hold that nonpaying parent accountable. The fact that the nonpaying parent has avoided paying you for decades doesn’t matter to us.   You are still owed that money which has increased with interest. For example:  let’s say you were owed $30,000 twenty years ago or longer it’s now possible that with interest, we can pursue an amount possibly over $70,000.  We are ready to help you, and you deserve to collect that money.

No Meetings Required

While we do maintain offices in Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Frisco, Dallas, and Plano, Texas, there is no need to take off work or rearrange your busy schedule to consult with one of our Texas Child Support Enforcement Lawyers.  All cases can be handled through phone consultations, Facetime, Skype, and email, no matter where you are located in Texas.

Our Child Support Enforcement Lawyers will travel anywhere in the state of Texas for the cases we accept.

Its Never too Late to Collect

It doesn’t matter if your child is now in his or her 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s.  If at some point the parent who was ordered to pay child support failed to do so, we can still pursue that money and collect not only the original child support money that was owed, but also the interest that has accrued on that original child support debt as well.  The interest can cause a substantial increase in the amount of child support one is owed.  It is quite common for a parent to pursue child support well after his or her children are adults.  In fact, we’ve had clients who were grandparents pursuing child support they were owed back in the 1970’s.

Always realize, it’s never too late to collect.  You were owed that money and you probably needed it for the child during the time you were supporting them. You didn’t have the luxury of not paying for what your child needed, so don’t fail to hold that nonpaying parent accountable. The fact that the nonpaying parent has avoided paying you for decades doesn’t matter to us.   You are still owed that money which has increased with interest. For example:  let’s say you were owed $30,000 twenty years ago or longer it’s now possible that with interest, we can pursue an amount possibly over $70,000.  We are ready to help you, and you deserve to collect that money.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the problems with the Office of the Attorney General?

1.  They are not your attorney.  The Attorney General’s office does not represent the custodial parent (primary conservator) but instead represents only the State of Texas.  As such, they are not looking out for your best interest.  It seems that their main focus is to ensure that the State of Texas is reimbursed for MEDICAID or CHIP costs.

2.  They have too many child support enforcement cases.  The Attorney General’s office has a tremendous caseload (probably 1 Million active cases), and they do not have the resources to move your child support case along fast, nor do they have the time to familiarize themselves with the important facts and evidence in your case that is essential to maximizing the child support judgments and obtaining contempt punishments.

3.  They tend to slow down their efforts after the Judgment is confirmed.  The Attorney General will help confirm arrearages (probably after the case has been on file for 8 months to a year), but after that, things slow down.  They also don’t appear to push as hard for jail time and other punishments that we find to be a very persuasive tool.  The problem with just confirming a judgment is that it’s just a piece of paper that may never be paid, or it will be paid out very, very, slowly for years.  Our child support collection and enforcement attorneys go after all property such as cars, bank accounts, and anything else we can find.  We don’t want you getting paid out over years.  You’ve already waited long enough.

What's the problem with most other private attorneys that hold themselves out as Texas child support lawyers?

Most private attorneys will do exactly the same thing as the Texas Office of the Attorney General but problably charge you $5,000 or more.  These attorneys will simply go after the judgment and try to seek some jail time, but they will not engage in collection efforts to actually make sure you are paid which is why they don’t offer Contingency Fees like we do.  Getting the child support judgment is the easy part.  You need someone who will actually go after the money and make sure the parent who owes you money continues to pay on time every month, and that’s where we come in.

How does the Texas child support collection process work?

There are several steps that must be followed before you can start collecting Money.

1.  You must have a Child Support Order already in place.  This is almost always done in a Final Decree of Divorce, or a Final Order established in a Paternity Suit, Conservator Suit, or a Modification Suit.

2.  Child Support includes the Monthly Child Support Payments contained in the Order, but also medical costs.  Normally a final order will state that the parents have to split Uninsured & Unreimbursed medical expenses (50/50) and the parent that is paying child support is also required to either (a) Carry Health Insurance, (b) Reimburse you for the cost of health insurance, or (c) Pay Cash Medical Support to the State of Texas if the Children are on CHIP or MEDICAID.  So its important for you to try and gather up all of these other expenses in order to Maximize your recovery.

3.  After the parent who is ordered to pay child support (which we will call the “Obligor”) fails to pay these expenses, you can file a child support Enforcement Suit against them in the County that issued the most recent Final Child Support Order in Texas.

4.  Our firm requires that the Obligor be behind at least $3,000 in Child Support Payments.

5.  At which point we will file the Child Support Enforcement Suit to confirm the Arrearages Owed in to a Judgment.  A Judgment is simply a court order that states that a Debt is Owed and collectable under Texas Law.

6.  Additionally, we normally always (unless you insist otherwise) on pursuing Jail Time, Penalties and Interests, License Suspensions and any other punishment allowed under Texas Law.

7.  Once the Court Confirms the Judgment, the court will also put the Obligor on a Child Support Arrearage Repayment Plan.  Usually spreading the payments out over 3 years.  However, we are not bound by that repayment schedule.  The Obligor must make those payments each month, but we can still seize property to collect ahead of that 3 year schedule.

8.  Additionally, our firm will freeze assets and pursue the collection efforts such as levying bank accounts, placing liens on real estate (other than a homestead), seizing retirement accounts, and ect.

9.  Once money comes in our firm will distribute the monies to you and we will receive our contingency percentage for collecting the child support.

What all is entailed with your firm collecting the child support on a contingency fee?

There are 2 Steps to Getting You Paid:

  1.  A Child Support Judgment normally should be obtained in court through a Motion to Enforce Child Support and that’s also when we persue a contempt finding to get jail time and/or probation.
  2. After getting the Child Support Judgment, we begin step 2 wihch is collecting the money through all options under the Texas Family Code and Property Code.

A contingency fee means that we are paid a percentage of the child support we collect for you through liens, foreclosures, sheriff sales, withholding orders, retirement accounts, or any other way in which the arrearages are paid.  We assume the risk of getting paid and we do not require you to pay any upfront costs.  Ultimately, we get paid only when you get paid.

Can I refuse to allow my ex to see the child if they aren't paying child support?

The short answer is No.  The right of the nonpaying parent to visitation is not contingent upon their payment of child support.  If you refuse to allow the nonpaying parent access to their child you both may be in violation of your orders.  The best thing to do is allow visitations but continue to request that the parent pay their child support.  Make the requests in writing by text message, email, or certified mail.  This creates a paper trail and will help significantly in getting a judgment against the parent and even holding them in contempt.

How long do I have to collect past due child support?

Under Texas law, child support is due until it’s paid, no matter the age of the child. The child could be 12, 30, or 50 years old and you could be in your 70s or 80s and we can still go after it.  The only downside is that if the child is over the age of 20, then the nonpaying parent can no longer be held in contempt and thrown in jail.  However, all is not lost.  We still have many useful tools available to force the nonpaying spouse to eventually pay up.

What collections methods can your firm use to pressure the nonpaying parent to pay their court ordered child support?

Here are just some of the tools that an aggressive child support collection attorney can use to help you get paid:

1)  Contempt and Jail Time
2)  Placing liens on any property they own except for their home.
3)  Freezing Bank Accounts
4)  Garnishing Wages
5)  Seizing Retirement Accounts
6)  Foreclosing on Property
7)  Suspending any state issued license for the following activities and occupations:  Driving, Hunting, Fishing, Practicing Medicine, Practicing Law, Real Estate, Plumbing, Private Security, Certified Public Accountant, Engineering, Psychologist, Nursing, Barber, Social Worker, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and etc.

Simply put, with our aggressive collection methods, the nonpaying parent will suffer extreme hardship if they refuse to pay you the child support to which you are entitled, plus interest.

How is the collection process effected if the nonpaying parent has remarried?

If the nonpaying parent has remarried and his spouse earns a high salary, generally that spouse’s income cannot be included in both child support calculations as well as collections.  Step-parents have no support obligation for the support of their spouse’s other children.  The Texas Family Code actually prohibits the use of a step-parent’s income in the calculation.  However, our law firm is creative in the way we deal with this situation.  We will do our best research on the nonpaying spouse’s finances in an attempt to show the nonpaying spouse has more net income available to pay towards child support.

What is the statute of limitations for collecting unpaid child support?

The obligation to pay unpaid child support does not end when your child turns 18 or when your child graduates from high school. Many individuals and attorneys have the misconception that if you do not pursue child support owed to you prior to the child reaching 18 or graduating high school that it is too late. This is completely false.

If you did not receive your child support payments when they were due, you are able to collect them now with interest.

Unlike most civil lawsuits, there is a deadline in which you must exercise your rights or they are barred by the Statute of Limitations. For instance, if you were injured from someone else’s negligence you normally have 2 years to file a case or you lose the claim forever. However, child support collection has received the highest priority from the Texas Legislature. You never lose your right to collect it, even if the missed child support payments were decades ago.

The law doesn’t care if your child is now 18, 25, 35, 55, or even older. If the nonpaying parent failed to pay all of the child support, it is still owed to you and incurring interest and we can help you collect it. Contact our experienced child support collection and enforcement lawyers to learn how we can help you.

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Tell Us About Your Case

Please answer the questions below.  If after evaluating your case, we believe we can help you, we will email you back to request additional information and schedule a phone consultation.  Provide as much information as possible. Include the following information:   (1) the county where the last child support order was entered, (2) the amount of child support arrearages you believe you are owed, (3) indicate if you know where the other parent lives or works, (4) what they do for a living, and (5) if the Office of the Attorney General has previously been involved in your case and the result of the involvement.