If you are going through a divorce and you have children together with your spouse, this can be the most complicated and difficult experience of your life. It is important to take things slowly, take the time to think about what your goals are for your children and yourself, think about the needs of your children (and your own) and consider carefully how you and your spouse might work together to ensure a smooth transition to a new lifestyle for your children as well as yourselves as you go through the divorce process. Custody issues also come up between unmarried parents and the concerns are the same. Consistency, care, love, comfort and stability. These are all things parents seek for their children, especially during this extremely difficult time of divorce or separation.
Working with a Child Custody, Visitation & Child Support Lawyer
Here at K&M, we focus on working with you to determine what your goals are for your children, how best to approach the extremely important issues of custody and visitation and fully review and consider the various alternative custody schedules and arrangements available to determine what will best suit your family situation. We work with parents (married or not) to reach the best result for the well-being of your children. We can also help you establish parentage (suit affecting parent child relationship SAPCR) as well.
We understand the importance of child support obligations for a parent and the importance in determining the proper amount for the parent who is required to pay that support. We also understand the need for an aggressive child support attorney who will ensure the obligations are satisfied. A child support lawyer at K&M can help. Child support is determined by calculating a percentage (according to the number of children) of the net resources of the non custodial parent. The percentages used in the calculation of child support depend on the non custodial parent’s number of children in the following manner: (1) 20% for 1 child, (2) 25% for 2 children, (3) 30% for 3 children, (4) 35% for 4 children, (5) 40% for 5 children. In the state of Texas, a parent not in possession of the child or the parent without primary custody normally has a duty of making child support payments on behalf of the child.
The original amount of child support set by the court can be modified up or down over time depending on the circumstances of a parent and the needs of a child. Child support orders are taken very seriously in Texas and enforcing the child support order may lead to the arrest and severe punishment of the parent failing to pay child support. At K&M, we will be happy to discuss possible support modifications when child support received is too low or the child support paid is too high based on recent changes to your income or needs.
Contact a child custody, visitation or child support lawyer today.
Please call us if you have questions about custody, visitation or support. We’re here to help you with these tough issues during what we know is a tough time.