Understanding Child Support In Your Texas Family Law Situation

When you and your child's other parent are separated, preparing to divorce or already divorced, one parent will typically need to pay child support to the other. Determination of who pays whom and how much will come through application of a state-provided calculator in most cases. The state calculator takes into account factors, including:

  • The income and financial needs of each parent
  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent
  • A child's special needs
  • Other extenuating circumstances such as when one parent is in jail or incapacitated

When each parent has a set salary, determining each one's income can and should be straightforward. However, it can become tricky to correctly account for the income of a parent who:

  • Is self-employed
  • Works seasonally
  • Has variable income based on commissions and bonuses
  • Has experienced a layoff or downturn in income due to economic factors

If you are the parent who will pay child support, you naturally do not want a court order to specify you should pay more than you are able. If you are the parent who will receive child support, you are probably concerned with dependability. What will your options be for enforcement of a child support order if the other parent stops paying or pays less than what is ordered? Lawyer Lindsay K. Richardson can help you understand and grapple with any aspect of child support, including a child support modification as needed because of move-away or a parent's change in income.

For Information, Support And Guidance, Contact Lindsay K. Richardson, Attorney At Law, In McKinney

Call or email the law offices to schedule a consultation regarding child support, child custody and visitation or any aspect of divorce, unmarried parenthood or any other Texas family law matter.