A successful divorce or separation must include child support, especially for couples with children. To make sure that children are appropriately cared for after their parents separate, the state of Texas has established comprehensive requirements. Maintaining a level of living and lowering the number of cases of need on public assistance are the goals of child support.
Usually, a court will mandate that the parent who does not have primary custody of the child provide the other parent a certain amount of money per month. This money is meant to pay for the child’s essentials, including food, shelter, medical care, and other costs. Based on the facts, a judge will decide what is in the child’s best interests. The judge will weigh the income of both parties, taking into account their earnings from various sources such as net rental income, interest and dividends, royalties, business profits, earnings from self-employment, severance pay, social security payments, workers’ compensation, and pensions.
When computing child support payments, the court will take a portion of the non-custodial parent’s net worth. The amount that the custodial parent is spending on extracurricular activities and tuition for private schools, among other forms of child care, will also be examined by the court. When calculating child support payments, the judge will not consider the length of a parent’s relationship or their marital status unless those details are pertinent to a particular case.
Even after a divorce, all parents still have a duty to provide for their children. It is crucial that you consult with an experienced family law attorney if you are experiencing difficulties with child support. We can assist you with navigating this challenging procedure since we are knowledgeable with Texas’s child support laws.
Although the state of Texas establishes standards for child support, the amount can be altered by a judge. It’s crucial to consult with a lawyer to learn how your situation can deviate from the rules and what actions might be made to obtain the right amount of child support for your need.
Usually, child support is mandated until the child is eighteen or completes high school, whichever comes first. If the child has an impairment that keeps them from graduating or getting emancipated before turning eighteen, it can, nevertheless, be mandated forever.
A parent may be placed on the state’s Child Support Evaders list or have a warrant for their arrest issued by the court if they neglect to pay child support. However, by asking the courts for a modification or interim relief, it is possible to escape these legal repercussions.