Child support law is a large and complex body of law in any state, including Texas. Due to their difficulty and importance, these types of cases do not belong with a collection agency or even family law attorney. Because so much is at stake, it is necessary to retain an experienced child support lawyer with knowledge of how to obtain and enforce a child support order effectively, as well as one who can represent the spouse who is ordered to pay in a fair and reasonable manner.
Beaumont Child Support
Unlike many states in the country, Texas state law requires that all child support payments can be garnished (withheld) from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck. This garnishment of pay is to ensure that the non-custodial parent’s earnings are guaranteed to be made in the correct amount and in the correct timeframe. In addition, Beaumont child support law requires the non-custodial parent to provide the child or children with medical coverage. If medical overage is unavailable through the non-custodial parent’s workplace, then the custodial parent may provide the coverage.
Beaumont Child Support for Custodial Parents
A parent is obligated to support their child until they turn 18 years of age with some exceptions. This includes children born in and out of wedlock. In most cases, parents want their children to be taken care of in the event of a divorce or separation. However, situations do arise in which the parent with custody of the child or children disagrees with the amount that it takes to raise them. In these types of cases, the court uses legal statutes to decide the amount required for child support.
Beaumont Child Support for Non-Custodial Parents
When determining the amount paid in child support, if any, the non-custodial parent should pay for the child based on a number of factors such as:
- How much income each parent earns
- How many children the parents have together, whether biological or adopted
- The tax filing status of each parent
- How much visitation each parent has and how much time is spent with their children
- Child support received in other relationships
- Medical expenses of children and parents
- Mandatory retirement contributions and union dues
- The cost of daycare, education, and other standard costs associated with raising a child
Beaumont Child Support Lawyer
If you or someone you know is facing a divorce and is concerned about how much child support is to be paid or received, it is important to obtain experienced legal counsel.
Our firm can handle all matters related to child support. We also oversee every step of your case from gathering records on child support to representing you in court.