If you are a parent, your children's well-being means everything to you. In a divorce, that means making sure that there is an appropriate child support award to meet your children's needs. Whether you are the parent paying child support or the one receiving it, you likely have concerns about child support. If you are paying, will you have enough to live on yourself after you make child support payments? How can you make sure the other parent is using the child support payments for your children's needs? If you are receiving child support, will it be enough to take care of your children? What do you do if the other parent isn't honest about their income when calculating child support, or fails to make payments as ordered?
The issue of child support can be a contentious one, as it touches not only on financial matters in divorce but also on the ability to care for your children. Once a court makes an order for child support, it can be difficult to change, so it is important to have skilled representation in your child support matter. The Texas family law attorneys of May and May will help you ensure that your child support is calculated fairly and accurately.
In almost all Texas divorces and custody matters, child support is awarded to the custodial parent, or the parent with whom the child lives the majority of the time. Child support is calculated according to the support guidelines set forth in the Texas Family Code. The amount of support depends on the number of children being supported and the non-custodial parent's average monthly net resources.
The amount of child support determined by the guidelines is presumed to be in the best interests of the child, but the law authorizes the court to deviate from the guidelines if applying them would yield an unjust or inappropriate amount. Examples would be if the child has extraordinary medical expenses. In addition to ordering child support, Texas courts may also order medical and dental support where appropriate.
As with child custody determinations, Texas courts encourage parents to reach their own agreement on the amount of child support. A court will approve such an agreement if it finds the agreement to be in the best interests of the children in the case.
The attorneys of May and May represent parents in Texas child support matters, including:
Attorney Marc May is Board Certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has over 30 years of practice experience in family law matters, including child support.
May and May serves clients in Collin County, Denton County, and the surrounding areas of North Texas. We invite you to explore our website and to contact our law firm to learn more about how we can help you.