One of the most controversial issues I deal with in my Round Rock law office is the establishment and enforcement of child support. Texas takes this issue very seriously, and so do parents who are desperate to feed and clothe their children. Most parents want their kids to have a roof over their heads, eat a healthy diet and be adequately clothed; however, separated parents generally don’t want to pay for more than their fair share of the child’s expenses.
How Much Child Support Will Be Paid?
The state of Texas requires parents to provide financial and medical support for their children. This requirement continues to exist, even when the parents are separated. Generally, once a divorce or child custody case has been initiated, a judge will draft and sign child support orders. The order is entered by a judge to make the child support obligation enforceable. An experienced family or child support lawyer can help you figure out what you or your ex will likely be obligated to pay for the benefit of the child.
At The Law Office of Clifford Alan Swayze, I recognize the concerns parents have regarding the health, safety and welfare of their children. The financial concern, when parties have recently separated, is generally high on the list of people’s interests.
Must Paternity Be Established?
Of course, each family’s needs and circumstances differ. For instance, one of the first steps to determining an appropriate child support payment is to establish paternity. If the parties are married, there will be a rebuttable presumption that the husband is the biological father of the children born during the marriage. A paternity test should be performed if you have even the slightest doubt whatsoever. When parties are not married, no such presumption exists, and generally, a DNA test is appropriate.
Factors That Can Change A Child Support Declaration
The state of Texas has specific guidelines for child support that are generally followed. However, depending on your family’s situation, they may be applied differently. Numerous issues can surface that might change the amount of child support paid. A few circumstances that could affect the appropriate level of child support include:
- Number of children
- Obligor is required to pay child support for other children not currently before the court
- The parties have agreed that it would be in the children’s best interest to vary the level of support required by the guidelines
- The level of visitation
Do You Have Questions About Child Support?
To speak with me at The Law Office of Clifford Alan Swayze in Round Rock, please give me a call at 512-920-5080.