Children are a joy and a responsibility. All parents have a legal obligation to provide support for their children. If the parents aren't married, that means that the noncustodial parent will make child support payments to the custodial parent.
At the Law Office of Tim Whitten, we help families of all backgrounds handle child support issues. Attorney Tim Whitten has practiced family law since 1992 and is a certified Family Law Specialist under the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
We provide personal, honest and experienced service, listen to your story and work hard to achieve your goals. To schedule an appointment with an experienced child support lawyer, call us today at 512-478-1011 or contact us online.
Calculating Child Support Payments
How much will you pay or receive in child support? Texas family law statutes set forth a formula used for calculating payments.
The formula for calculating child support takes various factors into account, including:
- Both parents' incomes
- The child custody arrangement
- Health care expenses
If your case is resolved in court, there will be little room to make deviations from this process. But you can also create a child support arrangement using techniques such as collaborative law, allowing greater freedom to exercise creativity and come up with a solution that better fits your unique circumstances.
Child Support for Unmarried Parents
Both married and unmarried parents have a responsibility to financially support their children. For unmarried parents, however, the child support process can be somewhat more complicated. In many cases, the issue of paternity must be resolved before child support can be established.
If an unmarried father is unwilling to sign a form acknowledging his paternity, the issue can be settled using a DNA test. A man could also be considered a child's legal father if he publicly represented the child as being his and took the child into his home.
Once paternity is established, it will be necessary to determine each parent's financial responsibilities. At our law firm, we work hard to develop child support arrangements that meet our clients' goals and help families maintain civil, respectful relationships even after divorce.
To meet with family law attorney Tim Whitten at our firm, call 512-478-1011 or contact us online today.