Child Support Orders
Family Lawyer in Lake Jackson & Houston
Every divorcee wants their children to be comfortable and happy after a divorce. Child support orders help ensure this goal is met by providing finances to the lesser earning parent from the greater earning parent, or from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. Just how much child support payments should be given each month, however, is almost certainly going to be a point of contention. The paying parent will not want to give too much and the receiving parent cannot afford to be given too little.
Before your child support decree becomes a frustrating family law dispute, talk to JM Davis Law PLLC and our Lake Jackson and Houston child support attorney. With our legal guidance and support, we can help you determine how much is a fair amount and back it up with careful calculations. Our top priority is ensuring your children experience no hardship due to your divorce dividing your family’s finances.
We can begin with a free consultation. Call (855) 390-0455.
How is Child Support Calculated in Texas?
The main goal of child support is helping the custodial parent pay for the necessities their child require to be happy. Food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare are included, of course, but a family law court will also often want children to be provided with toys and entertainment. The secondary goal for child support is finding a balance so no parent falls into financial hardship due to the order. Texas has a standardized child support calculation to help both divorcing couples and courts decide upon the financial amount given to the lesser earning party or the custodial parent.
The factors considered for child support calculations in Texas are:
- Income of noncustodial parent
- How many children are included in the order
- Average healthcare insurance expense for all children
- Who pays for or provides the healthcare
Modifying a Child Support Agreement
A child support agreement is not permanent since the situation it describes or entails is ever-changing. You never know how your finances will change unexpectedly, for better or for worse. If you or your ex-spouse go through a significant life change that makes the current amount of child support unsustainable, then the court can be petitioned to approve either a reduction or an increase of the amount given, depending on your situation.
Significant life changes the court may consider for a child support modification include:
- Unexpected job loss
- Serious injury or illness
- Noticeable income increase for receiving parent
- Custodial parent remarries
We Would Love to Help You Figure Out Child Support
The sooner you begin thinking about child support as part of your divorce or legal separation, the better. You will want to approach the situation carefully to determine an amount that works for you, your children, and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Retain the services of our Lake Jackson family law attorney today to take the guesswork out of your case and give yourself confidence in the future.
We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us today.