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Austin Child Support Lawyers

Child Support & Divorce or Paternity

In any divorce concerning a minor child, the issue of child support will need to be resolved. This issue may also arise if paternity is established and the mother pursues financial support to raise the child. Although Texas law provides guidelines for determining how much a parent will pay in support, it is important to have an experienced Austin family law attorney to negotiate and obtain a fair child support order on your behalf.

Our family law attorneys at Stinson Moyle, PLLC, have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you achieve the best possible child support order for you and your child. We are also skilled in mitigating child support if you may be required to pay, to avoid unfair or unreasonable payments. Whether you need legal counsel related to the establishment, enforcement, or modification of child support, our Board Certified family law specialists can help.

Call our firm at (512) 948-3688 to discuss your child support needs and concerns.

Texas Child Support Guidelines

Child support is often determined by child support guidelines, a formula based on a parent’s net resources as set out in the Texas Family Code. The child support guidelines begin at 20% of a parent’s net resources and can increase depending on the number of children a parents has. Texas courts presume that the application of the child support guidelines is in the best interest of the child, but there are numerous factors a court can consider in deviating from the guidelines.

Some of those factors may include:

  • The age and needs of the child
  • Each parent’s financial situation
  • The financial resources available for child support
  • Custody and visitation arrangements
  • Each parent’s net income
  • Child care expenses
  • Alimony or spousal maintenance payments
  • Education expenses
  • Special healthcare, educational, or other costs

How Long Is Child Support Paid?

Under Texas law, child support is typically paid until:

  • The child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever is later
  • The child is emancipated through marriage
  • The child loses his or her life

If the child is disabled and unable to support himself or herself, child support may continue indefinitely.

Talk to a Child Support Attorney at Our Austin, TX Firm

Susannah A. Stinson and Rachel Moyle are Board Certified family lawyers with extensive experience with Texas child support cases. We will work closely with you to assess the situation, name your goals, and then work toward a favorable result that is truly in your best interests and the best interests of your child or children.

Contact us today at (512) 948-3688 to discuss your case and see how we can help you with your child support matter.