East Texas Child Support Lawyers
Whether parents are living together, separated or divorced, each child has a right to be supported by both parents. Child support enables the custodial parent to provide a stable, healthy environment for the child, including shelter, nourishment and daily care needs. The right to child support lies with the child, not with the parent. Therefore, child support cannot be waived by parents. The attorneys at Bain, Files, Jarrett & Harrison, help clients understand Texas child support laws and how these laws will impact their family.
Experienced, Board Certified Family Law Attorneys
Contact our family law firm, in Tyler, Texas, to schedule an initial consultation.
Our attorneys offer experienced and compassionate assistance with establishing child support as well as post-divorce decree child support modifications and enforcement.
In Texas, child support is determined based upon child support guidelines. While based upon a set formula (a percent of the net income based upon the number of children support will be provided for), it is important that the child support truly reflects the circumstances of those involved. For example:
- What income is considered? ALL income should be considered for purposes of setting child support obligations. Income may include salary, hourly wages, tips, commissions, alimony, Social Security benefits, unemployment benefits, income from properties and all other forms of income.
- Are other expenses considered? There are often many other expenses which should be considered when determining child support. Such expenses may include child care expenses (day care), school activity expenses, sport activity expenses, private schooling expenses and other expenses.
- Are children from prior relationships being provided for? The average American family has changed over the years. Many families consist of children from several marriages or relationships. When a parent is already paying child support for another child, this amount may be deducted from the net income.
- Are changes in circumstances considered? Many situations may change in the years following the initial child support order. The law recognizes that when there is a significant change in circumstances, the court order may need to be revisited and modified.
Each of our family law attorneys has been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We are dedicated to excellence in family law. With our comprehensive knowledge of Texas child custody and child support laws, we are capable of explaining your rights or obligations in clear, easy to understand language.
To schedule an initial consultation, contact our child support lawyers today.
Our divorce law firm serves clients in east Texas, including Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Canton, Palestine, Athens, Quitman, Henderson, Rusk, Jacksonville, Nacogdoches, Smith County and Gregg County.