There are many children in Texas whose parents are no longer together. Although they are no longer a family unit, these parents still love their children and want the best for them. Typically, the parent who is not the primary caregiver will need to pay child support.
How does child support work in Texas? In Texas, the noncustodial parent will typically have child support obligations. There are two components of child support in Texas. One is regular child support and the other is medical. Child support is determined based on the child’s best interest. Each situation is unique, and some children may need additional support due to medical issues or a disability.
The court will use the official child support guidelines for Texas to determine how much the non-custodial parent will pay in support. Departure from these guidelines can occur if the child has different needs, there are child care expenses, division of custody and visitation arrangements, debts, the child support payer’s net resources and others.
A legal professional who specializes in child support can help their client with their child support questions. An attorney understands that the child’s best interest is what is most important and will work hard to make sure this is accomplished. They can estimate child support payments for their client and can advocate for their client if a deviation from these guidelines needs to be made. They can also help with a paternity action and modification of a current child support agreement. Children deserve the best. Parents understand that their children’s best interest should always be honored, and a child support agreement can ensure that a child’s needs are met.