Child custody, visitation and child support

Your Dallas Child Custody Lawyer

If you are going through a child custody case including negotiating visitation or parenting time, then it is important to know that there are many different arrangements that you can consider in the best interest of your children. Clearly, if the courts are not involved in a custody case, then it will be much less expensive and take less time. Both parents can negotiate each other’s rights and visitation schedule in order to do so in the best interest of the child.

In Texas, child custody law presumes that both parents have joint custody, which means that both parents have nearly equal rights to the child. Clearly, the presumption can be challenged when one parent establishes the following facts: (1) alcohol or drug abuse, (2) domestic violence, and/or (3) lack of involvement of one parent in the child’s upbringing. A Dallas child custody lawyer can help you if you need assistance when a parent, or yourself, petitions the court for sole custody of the child.

A Dallas child custody lawyer is necessary, especially when the child is over the age of 12. This is because at that age the child can state under oath which parent he or she wishes to live with or chooses which parent he or she prefers to have custody of. This statement will not require the judge to follow the child’s choice but is for the purpose of simply informing the judge of the child’s preference.

At the law firm of K&M, your dedicated Dallas child custody lawyer will emphasize the “best interests of your child” when advising you on child custody and visitation rights. An experienced Dallas custody lawyer from K&M will ensure that your child’s needs are satisfactorily met through proper custody and visitation between the child and parents. K&M’s Dallas child custody attorneys will work with mothers and fathers whether custody issues are embedded in a divorce or separation of unmarried individuals, lawsuit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR).

Your Aggressive Dallas Alimony Lawyer

Children are generally the most important factor in most divorce and other family law matters. Along with that, the financial burden placed on the custodial parent can be a serious factor in the parent’s ability to properly care for the child. At K&M, your Child Support Attorney will provide you with a clear path to obtaining your goals for your children, with extensive experience in child support modifications, enforcement of court orders, and prosecutorial actions.

K&M’s child support attorneys understand the importance of child support obligations to a parent and the importance in determining the appropriate amount for the parent who is required to pay it. We also understand the need for an aggressive child support attorney to make sure those obligations are met.

Under Texas law, the amount of child support is generally determined using a mathematical formula applied to your gross income from all sources. Through the use of charts and formulas, the K&M child support attorney will be able to explain how much child support the custodial parent is entitled to receive for the benefit of the child or how much the non-custodial parent is obligated to pay. There are also a variety of factors (provided in the law), which can affect these amounts.

The original amount set by the court for alimony may change over time, either decreasing or increasing. For example, if an illness or job loss has affected your ability to pay child support (or created a greater need if you are the custodial parent), you may be entitled to a modification of the current child support order. These orders are taken very seriously in Texas and enforcement can result in the arrest and severe punishment of the parent who fails to provide support. At K&M, we will be happy to discuss with you changes in circumstances when child support is too low or too high based on recent changes in your income.

Please contact our experienced Dallas alimony attorney for a free initial consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During your initial consultation, we will recommend the best way to ensure you receive payment of your alimony obligations. Whether you require a Dallas divorce lawyer or a Fort Worth divorce lawyer, we are here to serve your needs in North Texas. K&M divorce lawyers represent individuals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.