Child Support Is The Right Of The Child
It is critical for both parents to understand that child support is not about them; it is about the child. Knowing this can help parents approach the subject in a matter-of-fact way that reduces emotional conflict. Of course, this is not always going to be what happens. In that situation, working with a knowledgeable lawyer can ensure that the matter is settled so that the child receives the support they need.
At Moran Law Firm, PLLC, in Tyler, we represent parents who are paying the support and those who are receiving it. Our experienced Texas family law attorneys can walk you through the Texas child support process and resolve any disputes that may arise. You can learn more by contacting us at 903-504-5004 or contacting us online.
Determining Child Support
Texas determines child support by using a formula or “calculator.” The court can also take into account other factors. Together, these help establish the amount of support for the child. Things to be considered may include:
- The income of the noncustodial parent and the custodial parent
- Each parent’s ability to pay
- How many children are involved
- The ages of the children
- The needs of the children
- Child care expenses
- Whether the parents pay or receive child support for other children in the household
- Whether there are financial resources to support the children
Each case is unique, so it is best to have a lawyer representing you to ensure the payments are fair to both parents and adequately support the children.
What If You Are Not Receiving Court-Ordered Child Support?
You can take action if the other parent is not paying their court-ordered support on time or not paying it at all. We can help you file a petition for enforcement. If that does not result in the parent paying the support, the court can levy sanctions. Texas is strict when enforcing child support payments. The payor may be fined, have their driver’s license suspended, lose their professional license and serve jail time.
Can I Withhold Parenting Time If My Co-Parent Is Not Paying Child Support?
No. The other parent is still able to spend time with their children in these cases.