Divorce in Texas is painful and complicated enough when there are no children involved. If you file for divorce in Texas and have minor children with your former spouse, you’ll need a qualified divorce attorney to ensure that the custody and visitation arrangement is fair. The Law Offices of David Kohm can help ensure a fair outcome to your divorce and custody hearing.
Texas divorce law says that custody arrangements must be made with the child’s best interest in mind. Unfortunately, if you are a divorcing father, this puts you at a disadvantage; many judges presume that it is in the child’s best interests to reside solely with his or her mother unless you can prove otherwise. That’s why it’s important to have a divorce lawyer in Arlington who understands all of the ins and outs of child custody law. This ensures that you will have adequate visitation with your children, if not sole or joint custody of them.
In addition to custody and visitation, you’ll also need to make sure that child support payments are fair. Under Texas law, your child support is based on how many children you have, how much money you and your former spouse make and whether any of your children have special needs. For example, if one of your children has to go to a special school because of a disability, you’ll have to contribute towards each year’s tuition.
In any case, once you are ordered to pay child support, you’re obligated to pay until the child turns 18, and if he or she is totally disabled, you may be obligated to pay for the rest of your life. If you are unable to make your payments, you have to return to court to explain the situation or face legal consequences for non-payment.
For all of these reasons, it’s important to have appropriate representation when you’re getting divorced in Texas. The Law Offices of David Kohm can help ensure the fairest outcome to your divorce case. Please call 817-204-0900 for a consultation.