Kerrville Child Support Lawyers
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In most cases, the parent that is granted primary custody of a child is the one to receive child support. Child support is court-ordered payments aimed at providing financial assistance to take care of shared children. In Texas, child support is generally awarded based on the non-custodial parent’s income and the number of children that they are responsible for.
Our child custody lawyers in Kerrville offer quality representation and superior personal service. We are available when you need it and promptly return your call.
If you have questions concerning child support, reach out to us at (830) 331-5977 for more information.
Child support can be vary depending on:
- Age of the child
- Child care expenses
- Health insurance costs
- Income of the custodial parent
- Specific needs of the child
- Time spent with every parent
- Travel costs
The biggest concern of the court is the best interest of the child. At The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C., we guide you to a successful verdict in your case. A fair child support order is important for both parents. Our firm helps to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by a parent.
Understanding Child Support in Texas
Whether you have been granted custody of your children or not, it is important that you understand how child support is determined, and what factors the court will consider when granting child support
In Texas, as in many states, either party may be ordered to pay child support. In some rare instances, both parties may be ordered to pay support.
To determine whether child support should be paid and the amount of child support, the courts will examine a wide range of issues, including:
- the age and needs of the children
- the ability of both parents to contribute to the support of the child
- the financial resources each parent has available to support the child
- who has physical custody and how much access each parent has to the child
- whether there are necessary child care expenses
- whether the child needs health insurance coverage and who is paying for it
- any special educational needs the child may have, including college expenses
- whether the non-custodial parent has other children for whom child support is paid
- any unique or other special needs of the child
To determine the amount of child support to be paid by a non-custodial parent, the court first conducts a net income calculation. The court will take into account all sources of income, including wages, commissions, overtime, bonuses, disability payments, investment or royalty income, or even retirement income, as well as gifts or even alimony from a prior marriage. The court will then deduct income and Social Security taxes, as well as union dues and health insurance premium or medical expenses for the children.
Once net income has been established, the amount of support paid is determined by multiplying by a specific rate, based on the number of children for who support is paid, according to the following schedule:
- One child-20%
- Two children-25%
- Three children-30%
- Four children-35%
- Five or more children-40%
Call (830) 331-5977 for Representation in Your Family Law Case
It is a common misconception that an attorney is unable to help during a child support case in Texas. While it is true that there are standardized elements that judges oftentimes follow, working with a child support lawyer ensures that your individual interests are protected. With a reputation for attention to detail, our family attorneys ensure that nothing is overlooked. When your family does not fit into a formula, you cannot expect your child support payments to fit into a guideline. The Kerrville child support lawyers at our firm stand up for what your child deserves.
The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C. is a top-notch law firm with over 15 years of experience. Our founding attorney is a fifth-generation lawyer who understands the complexities of child support and family law.
Going through child support negotiations? Speak with our team in a consultation today!