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Monday, May 22, 2017

Seeking Child Support in Texas

How much could I receive in child support?

Child support can be critically important for the financial well-being of a minor child, but attempting to establish and collect child support can be a difficult and frustrating process.  Child support is partially determined by Texas state guidelines, but can also be influenced by numerous factors relating to the best interests of the child.  Any parent who believes they may be eligible to receive child support from the child’s non-custodial parent should contact an experienced Texas child support lawyer who can assist them in the child support process.

Texas Child Support Guidelines

The Texas Family Code sets out guidelines for child support based on the net resources of the parent.  Child support guidelines start at 20 percent of the non-custodial parent’s net resources and can increase further depending on the number of children involved.  Texas courts will presume that the child support guidelines meet the best interests of the child, but courts can deviate from the guidelines based on several factors, including:

  • The ability of the parents to contribute to the support of the child;

  • The amount of time the parents spend with the child;

  • Educational expenses of the child;

  • Any other extraordinary costs associated with raising the child.

These are just a few of the many factors that could result in departure from the child support guidelines.  Your family law lawyer can assist you in reviewing your case and advocating for higher child support payments for your child, if necessary. 

Applying for Child Support in Texas

Child support can be decided as part of your divorce or you can seek it separately though a Texas court.  Some child support cases will proceed quickly, while others can be more challenging.  If the non-custodial parent contests paternity of the child, you will first need to establish paternity, which will often involve DNA testing.  When the other parent is absent, it will be necessary to attempt to locate the missing parent in order to serve an action for child support and start collecting payments.  Complicated child support cases will require the assistance of an experienced Texas child support attorney who will fight to see that your child receives the financial support to which he or she is entitled.
Child support can be critically important for the financial well-being of a minor child, but attempting to establish and collect child support can be a difficult and frustrating process.  Child support is partially determined by Texas state guidelines, but can also be influenced by numerous factors relating to the best interests of the child.  Any parent who believes they may be eligible to receive child support from the child’s non-custodial parent should contact an experienced Texas child support lawyer who can assist them in the child support process.

Texas Child Support Guidelines

The Texas Family Code sets out guidelines for child support based on the net resources of the parent.  Child support guidelines start at 20 percent of the non-custodial parent’s net resources and can increase further depending on the number of children involved.  Texas courts will presume that the child support guidelines meet the best interests of the child, but courts can deviate from the guidelines based on several factors, including:

  • The ability of the parents to contribute to the support of the child;

  • The amount of time the parents spend with the child;

  • Educational expenses of the child;

  • Any other extraordinary costs associated with raising the child.

These are just a few of the many factors that could result in departure from the child support guidelines.  Your family law lawyer can assist you in reviewing your case and advocating for higher child support payments for your child, if necessary. 

Applying for Child Support in Texas

Child support can be decided as part of your divorce or you can seek it separately though a Texas court.  Some child support cases will proceed quickly, while others can be more challenging.  If the non-custodial parent contests paternity of the child, you will first need to establish paternity, which will often involve DNA testing.  When the other parent is absent, it will be necessary to attempt to locate the missing parent in order to serve an action for child support and start collecting payments.  Complicated child support cases will require the assistance of an experienced Texas child support attorney who will fight to see that your child receives the financial support to which he or she is entitled.


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