Child Support Attorney
Dallas Fort Worth Divorce Attorney David Kohm Can Assist You with All Your Child Support Issues
Child support is a major concern for newly divorced parents who are trying to keep their job, support their family, and meet all their financial obligations. The Law Offices of David Kohm knows even after child custody is resolved the ensuing child support process can be very complicated and confusing. David Kohm’s child support attorneys are here to help improve the communication and cooperation between families for the sake of their children’s well being, so don’t hesitate to contact our family law experts today.
Child Support Laws in Texas
The child support laws in Texas are not contingent upon which parent has custody of the children. In fact, the Texas Family Code mostly bases its decision on two things:
- the number of children who need support
- the amount of monthly income
A disgruntled ex-spouse who is frustrated that the custodial parent is withholding visitation cannot stop child support payments out of retribution, either. At its core, child support laws in Texas are intended to protect the rights and needs of the children over the desires of the parents.
In Texas, the State Attorney General oversees a Child Support Division that is committed to enforcing the laws surrounding child support in Texas. Not only does the Attorney General’s Office help establish paternity and enforce child support orders, but it also works to locate absent parents and collect delinquent child support payments.
How Much Do You Pay in Child Support?
Child support is based on the paying parent’s net income and other resources, as follows:
- 20% of net resources for one child
- 25% of net resources for two children
- 30% of net resources for three children
- 35% of net resources for four children
- 40% of net resources for five children
If you go to this link, it will take you to a child support calculator that will help you in determining the monthly amount that should be paid. https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/calculator/
What Does Child Support Cover?
Basic essentials included in the child support calculations are things like shelter, food, clothing and medical coverage. Several expenses contribute to these costs such as mortgage or rent, utilities, doctor visits, meals and school supplies. A child support order can be modified if there has been a change in circumstances, such as a big increase or decrease in the paying parent’s income or the child’s reaching the legal age of majority.
In addition to ensuring that the child’s needs are financially taken care of, the Court shall also order either of the parties to provide health insurance to the child. The court will review other factors as to who shall bear the cost of health insurance for the child. Cost, quality of health coverage, inquire whether coverage is available at a reasonable cost through one of the parents’ employers or membership in a union, trade association or other organization, and inquire whether coverage is available through another source at a reasonable cost.
Contact Our Child Support Attorneys Today
The child support laws in Texas with respect to domestic litigation are complex, and the court system can be difficult to maneuver. This information is only a brief review of the laws relating to child support and is not meant as a substitute for the advice of a child support attorney. It is important to consult a qualified child support attorney before taking any action. The Law Offices of David Kohm is experienced in assisting you in all child support matters and ready to help you get the financial support you need.
Call our child support attorneys today at 817-204-9000, or contact us online, our attorneys will get back to you as soon as possible.