Denton Child Support Attorneys
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If you live in North Texas and are experiencing domestic tension as a result of or about to face a Child Support Case, you and your child need an aggressive, compassionate, and experienced law team on your side.
At Paine & Nolter, P.C., our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience helping individuals and families in Denton, McKinney, Gainesville and Decatur, Texas with criminal defense and family law issues including Child Support. To learn more or discuss your Child Support case with a lawyer on our team, call us today at 940-382-4200 or fill out our online form below.
Child Support in Texas
Having represented many Texans in support cases, Paine & Nolter, P.C. understands it truly is one of the most difficult parts of divorce proceedings. We do everything we can to offer the utmost sensitivity and discretion to help you ensure the continued health and well-being of your child because we know that is what matters most during a divorce.
In most divorce proceedings, at least some amount of child support will be required by the court. Support payments are always paid from the non-custodial parent to the custodial one as they are the one who incurs the vast majority of the costs of ensuring the child’s well-being. However, if things are amicable enough, there is a chance you can come to an agreement without needing the court to decide for you. Typically, enlisting the help of an attorney is advised when an agreement on a support plan is not reached or when a previously agreed upon support plan is not being followed, which is considered an issue of non-compliance. In such cases, our team of experienced Child and Spousal support attorneys can help make the proper filings to enlist the courts help in securing the agreed upon support.
How Support Cases Are Decided
A court may order one or both parents to provide support for a child until the child turns 18, or graduates from high school. Child support is determined by first calculating the gross resources of the parent ordered to pay for child support.
(1) 100 percent of all wage and salary income and other compensation for personal services (including commissions, overtime pay, tips, and bonuses);
(2) interest, dividends, and royalty income;
(3) self-employment income;
(4) net rental income (defined as rent after deducting operating expenses and mortgage payments, but not including noncash items such as depreciation); and
(5) all other income actually being received, including severance pay, retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security benefits other than supplemental security income, United States Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits other than non-service-connected disability pension benefits, as defined by 38 U.S.C. Section 101(17), unemployment benefits, disability and workers’ compensation benefits, interest income from notes regardless of the source, gifts and prizes, spousal maintenance, and alimony.
Once the gross resources are determined, the court determines the net resources by deducting Social Security taxes, Federal Income tax based on the tax rate for a single person, State Income Tax Union Dues, and Health Insurance Coverage for the child.
Once net resources are calculated, the court multiples the net monthly resources by the Child Support Guidelines in the Texas Family Code. If there are additional children being supported, this number can change.
1 Child 20% || 2 Children 25% || 3 Children 30% || 4 Children 35% || 5-7 Children 40%
Most disputes arise over the amount of the child support that one party should pay to the other. While parents want their child’s needs to be met, they often do not agree on how much they should be responsible for paying. In the event you are unable to meet your court-ordered support requirements, you need to file for a modification, something our team of attorneys can help you with as well.
Paine & Nolter, P.C. understands the delicate nature of support cases and has the legal expertise and litigation experience to see you through. Our commitment to you is to pursue the best course of action on your behalf, whether that be mediation, arbitration, or litigation. We have worked hard to earn a reputation as aggressive trial attorneys in order to better serve our clients. Rest assured, in the event your situation turns hostile, we will offer advocacy in family court on your behalf. Call 940-382-4200 now or fill out the form below to get started.
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