Knowledgeable Representation in Child Support Matters
Child support is financial support that helps assure that children being raised by a single parent have adequate resources for their care and development. It provides for the safety, security and well-being of the child.
Under Texas law, when parents separate, the noncustodial parent generally will have child support obligations. Child support has two components. Regular child support and medical support. Generally, the obligation to pay child support cannot be waived.
Making Sense of Texas Laws for You
Child support is generally determined by guidelines in the Texas Family Code and is based on the income of the paying parent and on the number of children for whom support is being provided. There are tables in the family code that your lawyer can use to estimate your payments. As an experienced family law attorney, Terry Hart can assist you with calculating your child support obligations or payments.
While Texas child support guidelines are presumptively reasonable, if child support under the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances of your case, the court can order a different amount. Deviations from the child support guidelines may be the result of factors such as the additional expenses associated with:
- raising a special needs child
- costs of extracurricular activities
- costs of private school
- costs of tutoring
While in a divorce, the child support obligations are established as a result of the final divorce decree, in cases involving unmarried parents, a paternity action or suit affecting parent-child relationship will be necessary for support payments to be established.
Modification of present child support obligations may be appropriate when there is a significant change in circumstances such as a change in income.