Child Support Lawyer in Victoria County, TX
Parents have the responsibility to provide for their child when separated or divorced. Knowing the impact that child support has upon the family as a whole, our team will strive to provide quality representation at family court hearings. Many factors are used by the court to determine the amount and necessity of child support, and we will help you balance what is best for your children’s welfare and your own financial wellbeing.
If you are facing a child support issue whether in a pending divorce, as the result of a paternity action, or even long after the support award has been decided, we recommend that you turn to The Pall Law Firm. With 15 years of experience in resolving this issue for clients in Victoria County, DeWitt County, Jackson County, Goliad County, and Calhoun County, we have the knowledge, skills, and resources you need to resolve this issue in an optimum manner.
Reach out to The Pall Law Firm online or at (361) 298-3435 to request you consultation with our Victoria County child support attorney.
Child Support in Texas
Child support in Texas is required until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school or the child is emancipated. In the case of children who are disabled, support payments can be indefinite. While a court can order one or both parents to provide child support, it is generally the “noncustodial” parent who is obligated to pay. This is the parent with whom the child lives the least amount of time. However, even if you share joint custody that is equal, the parent with the higher income may be obligated to pay this support in order for the child’s lifestyle to be maintained.
Texas provides child support guidelines that provide a formula for calculating the amount owed. This is based on net income after all appropriate deductions have been made. Gross income includes every type of income a parent has, including salary, wages, overtime, commissions, government benefits, retirement income, and more. Deductions from this include taxes, retirement plan payments, union dues, and health insurance.
The number of children being supported is also a factor in the calculation of support payments. For example, if you are supporting only one child, you will be required to pay 20 percent of your monthly net income in a support payment. With the addition of more children, the percentage rate will increase.
Challenging Child Support Payments
You can challenge the amount of child support prior to the court’s issuance of the order if you believe the calculated payment is unfair or inappropriate. The amount can be adjusted up or down, depending on the situation. The court will review many factors to determine whether the amount should be adjusted and, if so, how much. It is vital to have an attorney represent you in this matter so that your best interests are protected as well as those of your child.
Need help with child support? Connect with The Pall Law Firm online or by calling us at (361) 298-3435 today.
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