Denton Child Support Attorney
Child support is an enormously difficult and emotional topic for parents who are either divorcing or already separated. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most important family law matters we address here at the Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson. Child support helps ensure that both parents provide for their children, no matter their family situation. We see it as a way of helping children receive the monetary resources they need to grow up healthy and happy.
Our team understands how critical monetary support can be to a child’s life. Although calculating it can be challenging, especially if you have a complex financial situation, we want to help you work toward an arrangement that “gets it right.” From assessing your financial situation and explaining the relevant laws to helping you gather and file relevant financial documents, the Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson will be by your side through each stage of the legal process.
Understanding Child Support
Following a divorce or separation, you may be required to pay child support. This is the payment that one parent makes to another for the financial benefit of their child. It is intended to ensure that the child has access to the same level of financial stability they would have if they lived with both parents. In Texas, there is an expectation that both parents provide financial support for their children (even without a court order), regardless of the custody arrangement. Generally, any minor who lives with one parent and receives less than half of their financial support from the other parent is eligible for child support payments.
In joint and sole custody situations, when a child spends the majority of their time with one parent, the parent with the least amount of residential time is usually the “obligor”—that is, the party who pays financial support. The person who is the primary caretaker and receives support is the “obligee.”
Like many states, Texas has child support guidelines to determine the correct amount of support an obligor will need to pay per month. This payment is meant to cover basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care for the child. Several additional factors will determine the precise amount, such as the number of children you need to provide for, or if you are also providing child support for children in a different household. The court will also consider the age of the child, childcare expenses, and any special education needs, as well as your personal financial obligations.
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If you need assistance calculating a child support arrangement, the Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson can help. Our Denton child support attorney can help you evaluate your financial situation and explain your financial obligations under state law. We can also help you understand the possible tax implications of a potential arrangement. Furthermore, our team can assist you with the procedural side of your child support case, from filing a petition with the court to representing your interests in support discussions. We will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected and that your children receive what is fair.
What matters most to us is that your children are properly provided for. Although child support can be difficult to calculate, it’s important that you don’t have to do it alone. The Law Office of Lindsey J. Wilson can help you navigate the process of obtaining, enforcing, or modifying a child support order in North Texas. Based out of Flower Mound, our office provides family law services to North Texans in the wider area, including Denton County, Frisco, and McKinney.
Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with our Denton County child support attorney.
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