Understanding Child Support Obligations

When you have children, you want to make sure that they have everything they need to grow up healthy and happy. Under Texas law, the child has the right to the financial benefit, and parents have a moral and legal obligation to provide the support necessary to accomplish this goal.

At Hoppes & Cutrer, we help parents understand, obtain, modify and enforce child support orders in Tarrant County. With more than 20 years of individual experience practicing family law, our attorneys can help guide you through the process and know what to expect.

What Should You Expect In Child Support Proceedings?

While we cannot tell you if you will pay or give you a specific amount without speaking to you, we can explain how the process works. Child support (or child maintenance) is an ongoing, periodic payment made by an obligor (noncustodial parent) to an obligee (custodial parent, caregiver or guardian).

Here are a few more things you should know about child support determinations in Texas:

  • Joint custody or joint managing conservatorship: In these situations, a child is considered to have two custodial parents. If they have equal possession, the court may not order support. If one parents has a higher income, he or she may be designated the obligor.
  • Duration: Child support generally ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. In situations involving children with mental or physical impairments, a court may order permanent support.
  • Amount: The court will use specific guidelines to determine how much support a parent will pay. These take into consideration the number of children, all sources of income, tax implications, health insurance and other factors. The court can deviate from these guidelines in cases in which the amount would be unjust or inappropriate.
  • Modification: When the financial circumstances of one or both parents change substantially, the court may increase, decrease or terminate a support order.

Use Our Experience To Handle Your Support Matter With Care

Determining an appropriate support order is important, and we will do everything that we can to help ensure that yours is. Call our office in Hurst at 817-864-8594 or send us an email to schedule your consultation with one of our lawyers.