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Understanding Texas Child Support

Raising kids takes resources. Both parents have an obligation to provide for the needs of their children. Child support is a tool for measuring out that responsibility when parents are no longer together, whether due to divorce, separation or paternity proceedings. Because it’s a legally enforceable obligation, child support can be a weighty issue, particularly when it has a big impact on both parties’ finances.

If you have questions about child support, contact Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., in Dallas. Attorney Lisa E. McKnight understands the nuances of Texas child support law. As a board-certified specialist in family law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she brings unique and in-depth insight to these cases.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

In Texas, child support is calculated according to statutory guidelines based on the payor’s monthly net financial resources and the number of children. The noncustodial parent (that is, the one who spends less time with the children) is typically the one who pays child support.

The guidelines place a cap on child support for high-income parents.

Challenging The Presumptive Support Amount

While the child support amount calculated under the guidelines is presumed to be appropriate, sometimes other factors may persuade the court that a higher or lower amount is in the best interests of the children. Those factors might include:

  • The financial resources of both parents
  • Significant debts of either parent
  • Ongoing education or health care expenses for the children
  • The amount of time the children spend with each parent
  • The children’s ages
  • Any special needs

Seeking child support above the guidelines amount can be challenging, and it’s wise to enlist an attorney. Lawyer Lisa E. McKnight can help you make a strong case. She can also assist you with enforcing a child support order or navigating proceedings to modify an existing child support order.

Invest In Your Children’s Future By Getting Trusted Legal Guidance On Child Support

Child support can shape your children’s opportunities as well as your own financial picture. It’s well worth the investment to partner with a trusted attorney. Call Lisa E. McKnight, P.C., at 214-306-7588 to discuss your child support questions and concerns. You can also reach the firm online.