Working Toward Fair Child Support Determinations
Domestic tension can arise during divorce, annulment or even if you have never been married but are separated, especially when parents are discussing child support. There is a specific set of guidelines under the Texas Family Code for the amount to be allotted for the children’s support per month. However, courts can deviate from the code under certain circumstances, and the code allows for the parties to reach agreements that are not in accord with the guidelines.
When determining child support, the court can examine many factors like net resources, cost of health insurance, duty to support other children, intentional underemployment, imputed income, special needs of the children, the age of the children, the ability of the parents to contribute support, the children’s assets, child care expenses and cost of travel for visitation.
Regardless of your relationship with the other party, the health and well-being of the children should still be prioritized. Lackey Law Firm, P.C., understands the emotional and sometimes physical toll divorce can bring on children. When you need an experienced, sensitive and family-oriented lawyer who can balance the best interests of you and your children’s best interests, Attorney Alicia Lackey stands ready to help.
Skilled Handling Of All Support Issues
Lackey Law Firm, P.C., can assist with various child support cases, including but not limited to:
- Termination of marriage relationship: During a lawsuit terminating a marriage that involved children of the marriage, a court order can be requested to determine how the children will be supported, and which party will provide health insurance, medical and dental support.
- Original suit affecting parent-child relationship: When the parents are not married but do not live together, a court order can be requested to determine how the child will be supported and provided with health insurance, medical and dental support.
- Modification of child support: When a party has been ordered to pay child support, or provide health insurance, medical and dental support, but as a change to the court order is needed to increase or decrease the support or change the person paying the support based on the facts in the case.
- Enforcement of child support: When a party has been ordered to pay child support, or provide health insurance, medical and dental support, but they fail to comply with the court order, action can be taken to enforce the court-ordered obligations of the party or to defend a party from obligations under certain circumstances.
- IV-D child support: When a parent receives assistance from the Office of the Texas Attorney General to locate and contact the non-custodial parent, establish paternity or collect child support.
Contact An Attorney For Help With Support Matters
Whether you are seeking or are being asked to make child support payments, Lackey Law Firm, P.C., is committed to ensuring your children receive the fair financial support they need. To schedule a consultation, call the firm’s offices throughout Texas* at 888-705-0307. You may also complete the online contact form.
*Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.