Going through a divorce or separation is never easy, especially if you
and your significant other share children. When couples no longer bring
up their children within one household, they must find a new parenting
arrangement to fit to suit their new lives. Along with these changes,
parents must figure out the best way to share the financial responsibilities
of raising a child. In most cases, this means getting a child support
When parents are divorced or separated, they must share responsibility
for their children, which includes the cost of their upkeep. By law, both
parents must contribute to the financial cost of their child, regardless
of whether or not on spouse earns more. That being said, there are several
factors that determine how much each parent should contribute.
If you are dealing with a child support issue, including a new child support
order or a modification, make sure you know what factors the court will
consider before making an order.
Child Support Laws in Texas
Each state has its own rules about child support, but the general regulations
remain the same. The court will not order a parent to pay more than they
are capable of, though both parents are ultimately responsible for paying
for the care of their child in some capacity or another.
In most cases, payments will go to the parent who has physical custody
of the child because that parent typically pays for the majority of the
expenses and will need recompense for those daily expenditures. However,
each case is different, which is why it is best to review each factor
individually in order to make a fair assessment of what your child support
payments might look like.
Texas courts will consider the following factors in a child support case:
- The income and expenses of each parent
- The debts and financial obligations of each parent
- Whether or not either parent is paying alimony
- Which parent has primary custody
- The childcare expenses
- The needs of the child, including healthcare and education
- The age of the child
- The cost of travel for child visitation
- The number of children
If you are going through a divorce or separation, you need to be prepared
to handle your child support case. Whether you expect to receive support
payments or are anticipating the request to pay, you should be aware of
the potential costs.
To ensure your rights are protected and your child’s interests are
secured, make sure you have an experienced family law attorney on your
side. A knowledgeable family lawyer will be able to provide you with the
guidance and advice necessary to handle your child support case, whether
it is handled through mediation or in court.
Contact the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny
to discuss your situation with our Houston family lawyers.