Whether you are divorced with children or are currently in the process of a divorce, you may be concerned with ensuring continued financial support for your child’s upbringing. Although court orders can obligate one or both parents to be financially obligated, in most cases, it is the noncustodial parent who pays child support in Texas.
We at The Love DuCote Law Firm LLC are a team of experienced family law attorneys. We work with clients throughout Fort Bend County regarding various family legal issues, including divorce matters and issues involving children. We know that each family faces unique circumstances, and we are dedicated to helping you feel informed. We have taken the time to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding child support.
Why is child support awarded?
Child support ensures that your child can continue to access opportunities in education, extra curricular activities and medical needs from a place of financial security. If the child has medical conditions that require frequent treatment, child support money can also help fund insurance plans to pay off high medical bills.
How is child support calculated?
Typically, if the obligor or paying parent has a net monthly income of $7,500 and below, 20 percent of it will go to supporting one child. If the obligor’s net monthly income exceeds $7,500, the court will determine the amount based on the child’s interests and needs.
How long will I be paying child support?
In Texas, child support payments are expected to continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school. If the child has severe medical needs, the court may rule that child support continues beyond the age of 18. Similarly, you can also make special agreements with your co-parent during the divorce process.
What happens if my income drops?
A significant change in income can affect the obligor’s financial abilities to meet their responsibilities. If your existing court orders no longer fit you and your co-parent’s circumstances, our attorneys can help you request a modification in court.
Can I receive child support before my divorce is finalized?
Because some divorces may take many months or even years to finalize, the court may establish temporary child support responsibilities during the divorce process, if necessary.
What happens if child support is not paid?
Failing to uphold your responsibilities in child support can affect your driving privileges and tax refunds, as well as result in being fined, including a collection of your lottery winnings.
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