One of the biggest points of contention in a divorce is making sure that your child has the financial support he or she needs. Child support is not optional nor is it negotiable. It is a child’s right to continue receiving financial support in the event of a divorce. The purpose is to keep the child in the reasonably same position he or she was prior to the divorce.
Texas child support laws and guidelines protect this right. Whether you and your child’s parent are in agreement or not regarding child support, it is important to have a proper court-ordered agreement in place. This is true even for child support modifications. While you may have the best intentions in a verbal agreement, disputes and other unforeseen circumstances can arise.
Child support in Texas is determined by guidelines set forth in the Texas Family Code. While there are many factors to consider such as age, health and any special needs of a child (as well as future considerations for the child), child support is mainly calculated using the noncustodial parent’s net income and the number of children.
At Neal Ashmore, we can assist you with accurately calculating child support and making sure that it is properly enforced. In addition, we help with all other divorce and family law issues relevant to your specific situation.
While the courts will adhere to these guidelines set forth by legislation, they can deviate from this by considering all factors for the specific case at hand. We can help you determine child support, enforce child support or modify child support.