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Helping You Understand & Navigate the Child Support Process
Child support is a court-ordered payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. In Texas, child support is typically paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent, although there are exceptions to this rule. The amount of child support a parent is required to pay is determined by the court and is based on a number of factors, including the parents' income, the child's needs, and more.
At Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, we understand that child support is a sensitive and often contentious issue. Our Fort Worth child support lawyers are here to help you navigate the process and work toward a fair and favorable outcome. Whether you are seeking child support or are the parent who will be required to pay, we can help.
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Child Support Laws in Texas
As we mentioned earlier, child support is a court-ordered payment, and both parents have certain legal rights and obligations. It is typically paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. The court will determine the amount of child support the noncustodial parent is required to pay based on the state's guidelines. The noncustodial parent will then be required to make these payments to the custodial parent.
Child support laws in Texas are complex. The state has specific guidelines that are used to determine the amount of child support a parent is required to pay. However, these guidelines are not always followed, and the court may deviate from them in certain situations.
Under Texas law, the following factors are used to determine child support:
- The parents' income
- The child's needs
- The child's age
- The child's health
- The child's educational needs
- The child's standard of living before the divorce
- The parents' financial resources
- The parents' financial obligations
- The parents' debts
- The parents' assets
- The amount of time the child spends with each parent
These are just a few of the many factors that may be considered when determining child support. The court has the discretion to consider any relevant factor when making a decision.
Child support payments can be made in a variety of ways. In some cases, the noncustodial parent will be required to make payments directly to the custodial parent. In other cases, the payments may be made through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit (TxCSDU). This is a state-run organization that collects and disburses child support payments. The TxCSDU can be used to make payments by mail, phone, or online.
Child Support Calculation in Texas
Child support in Texas is calculated using a formula that takes into account the parents' income and the number of children they have. The formula is based on the Texas Child Support Guidelines, which are set by the state.
Under the Texas Child Support Guidelines, the noncustodial parent is typically required to pay:
- 20% of their net income for one child
- 25% of their net income for two children
- 30% of their net income for three children
- 35% of their net income for four children
- 40% of their net income for five children
- Not less than 40% of their net income for six or more children
These percentages are based on the noncustodial parent's net income, which is their income after taxes and other deductions. The court will also consider other factors when determining child support, such as the child's needs, the parents' financial resources, and more.
It is important to note that the Texas Child Support Guidelines only apply to parents who earn up to $9,200 per month. If the parents earn more than this amount, the court has the discretion to deviate from the guidelines and order a different amount of child support.
How Long Does Child Support Last in Texas?
In Texas, child support is typically ordered until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, if the child is disabled and will require ongoing care, the court may order the noncustodial parent to continue paying child support indefinitely. Additionally, if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, the court may order the noncustodial parent to continue paying child support until the child graduates.
What Happens If You Don't Pay Child Support in Texas?
Child support is a court-ordered payment, and failing to make these payments can have serious consequences. If you do not pay child support, the custodial parent can take legal action to enforce the order.
The court has several options for enforcing child support orders, including:
- Wage garnishment
- Seizing your tax refund
- Seizing your property
- Placing a lien on your property
- Suspending your driver's license
- Suspending your professional license
- Reporting the delinquency to credit bureaus
- Contempt of court
If you are having trouble making your child support payments, it is important to take action right away. You may be able to request a modification of the child support order. However, you will still be required to make the payments until the court approves the modification.
How We Can Help
Our Fort Worth child support lawyers at Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, can provide invaluable assistance in various ways. We have a dedicated team of experienced attorneys who specialize in family law, including child support matters.
Here's how we can help:
- Legal Expertise: We bring a deep understanding of Texas family law and child support regulations to the table. Our expertise allows us to navigate the legal system efficiently and ensure that you understand your rights and obligations.
- Child Support Calculation: We can help you determine the appropriate child support amount based on Texas guidelines, taking into account factors such as each parent's income, healthcare costs, and other relevant expenses. We'll ensure that you receive a fair arrangement or advocate for your interests, whether you're the paying or receiving parent.
- Modification Assistance: If your circumstances change, such as a job loss or increase in income, we can assist in modifying existing child support orders to reflect these changes. We'll help you file the necessary paperwork and present a compelling case to the court.
- Enforcement of Child Support Orders: If the other parent fails to meet their child support obligations, we can help you enforce the court-ordered support, ensuring that your children's needs are met. This may involve wage garnishment, property liens, or other legal remedies.
- Legal Representation: Our team will represent your interests in negotiations, mediation, or court proceedings, ensuring that your side of the story is effectively presented and that your rights are protected.
- Documentation and Paperwork: Child support cases often involve a significant amount of paperwork and legal documents. We can assist you in preparing and submitting all necessary forms and documentation to the court.
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: If possible, we'll work to resolve child support issues through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, which can be more cost-effective and less adversarial than going to court.
- Legal Guidance: We provide you with clear and sound legal advice to help you make informed decisions that are in the best interests of your children and your financial well-being.
- Emotional Support: Dealing with child support issues can be emotionally challenging. We offer support and understanding, ensuring you feel comfortable and supported throughout the process.
- Court Representation: If your case does go to court, our experienced lawyers will represent you vigorously, presenting a strong case to protect your interests and the best interests of your children.
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