Texas Child Support Guidelines
In Texas, it is the physical custody (meaning the amount of time a parent spends with a child) that determines who will make child support payments. Although a court order could require either or both parents to support a child, in most cases the “noncustodial parent,” the parent with the least amount of time with the child or children, pays child support. Since there are so many different factors that can be taken into consideration to determine support, it is very important to seek the advice of San Antonio child support lawyers. Allen & Roig, LLP is a preeminent legal firm in Texas, and we will assist you in this process, helping you to achieve the best possible results for you and for your children.
Calculating Child Support
Calculating the amount of child support from the Texas child support guidelines is a fairly straightforward process, once you know the non-custodial parent’s net monthly income. The payment amount is based on a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income. However, there are other financial concerns when it comes to supporting the children, and you should use a child support attorney in San Antonio, TX to ensure the right income and deductions are included in the calculations, and for the negotiation of how other needs of the children will be met.
While parents are free to pay more than the guideline amount, they can’t just agree between themselves to pay less as a court must ultimately approve the payments. Parents who already pay child support for another child or children can take the into account the number of children not before the court for a reduction in the percentage of support owed. There are circumstances where the amount given by the Texas child support guidelines that would be unfair to a parent or the child, and if that is the case, a court may adjust the amount of support up or down.
Just because one parent pays child support, that doesn’t mean that the other parent isn’t obligated to provide financial support and health care for their children. The law assumes that the custodial parent assumes their share of financial responsibility as well and additionally spends the support money directly on the child through the daily cost of raising the child.
Challenging the Amount of Support
Child support can be modified provided that a parent can demonstrate that a situation has changed significantly. Those circumstances can include a dramatic increase or decrease in income resulting from a job change, or could be that the amount of time a child stays with each parent is not as originally planned.
You Deserve the Best Child Support Attorney in San Antonio, TX
Every divorce and child support situation is unique. Be advised and counseled by the San Antonio child support attorneys from Allen & Roig, LLP about your rights and obligations regarding child support. We will make sure that you fully understand your rights and obligations. We will see that your interests and the interests of your children are protected in the best possible way. Call (210) 377-2529 Today!