Can I Get Spousal Support If I Share Custody of My Child?
Under Texas State law, typically the court is in charge of determining
who will pay child support and who will not. The court will always place
the best interests of the child or children as the #1 priority. If they
deem that it is necessary for your ex-spouse to pay child support to make
this happen, then you may be eligible for child support payments.
They of course consider a wide variety of factors when even determining
custody and child support, including the following:
- Emotional and physical needs of the children
- If there is any physical or emotional danger from either parent
- Parent cooperation
- Any future plans for the children
- Home life stability for both parents
- Parenting skills
- Geographic location of both parents
- Who the primary caregiver is for the children
- If there is any record of substance abuse or family violence for either parent
- The children’s wishes about where they live, if they are over 12
years of age
Once they have considered all of these different components, the child
or children will have primary residence with whichever parent the court
decides or whatever the parents have agreed upon. Typically, the parent
who spends a majority of the time with their children or maintains the
child’s primary residence will receive child support payments, even
in joint custody arrangements.
Every case is unique and we realize at CokerLegal that going through a
divorce is already difficult enough without having to worry about how
to make ends meet for your children. If you are in the midst of your divorce
or need to modify your existing child support arrangement, our Denton
family law attorneys can be of assistance.
For an initial consultation with our family law office, call (888) 570-7899.
We have over 70 years’ combined experience helping families throughout Texas.