Children have the right to receive financial support from both parents. If you are going through a divorce, child support will be determined during the divorce proceedings and outlined in your divorce decree. For unmarried parents, establishing legal paternity may be necessary before pursuing child support.
Child support is typically owed to the parent who has primary physical custody of the children, known as the managing conservator, or the parent who takes on the majority of parenting responsibilities.
Courts utilize a formula outlined in state child support guidelines to determine the amount of child support. This formula calculates a percentage of the supporting parent's net financial resources, which include income from various sources such as salary, self-employment income, rental income, interest, dividends, and royalties. The percentage of income owed is based on the number of children the parent is supporting.
Child custody and visitation orders play a significant role in determining child support obligations. The amount of time you spend with your child directly impacts the level of support you are required to pay. As children grow and circumstances change, it may become necessary to adjust child support obligations to align with modifications in custody and visitation schedules. Changes in income or the addition of new children can also influence child support obligations.
McLean & Associates L.L.C. assists clients in modifying their existing child support orders to accurately reflect their current life circumstances. We understand the importance of ensuring that child support arrangements remain fair and in the best interest of the children involved. We are well-versed in how Texas family courts assess child support obligations and adept at representing our clients' best interests during child support disputes. Together, we will ensure that you receive fair child support orders, providing your children with the appropriate financial support they need.
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