Dallas Child Support Attorney
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Parents have a responsibility to provide for their children's financial needs, even after their marriage or relationship has ended. At O'Neil Wysocki, our child support lawyers in Dallas, TX represent parents who are seeking to protect their children's futures, as well as their own. Let us help you understand your options in a child support case – we are here for you!
How Long Is Child Support Paid in TX?
Family courts in Texas typically order the parent that does not have primary physical custody to pay child support in order to help provide for their child's financial needs. Child support is paid until the child turns eighteen or graduates from high school, depending upon which event comes last.
Our Dallas child support lawyers at O’Neil Wysocki P.C. have represented countless clients in child support cases. We understand the impact that child support can have upon your child's welfare as well as your own finances, and we strive to provide you with effective advocacy at your family court hearings.
How Is Child Support Determined in Texas?
The Texas Family Code determines the amount of child support based upon the net financial resources of the parent who is obligated to pay, also referred to as the obligor. If the obligor has children from only one relationship, the amount of support paid will be calculated based on a percentage of the obligor's net income and the number of children they have:
- One child: 20%
- Two children: 25%
- Three children: 30%
- Four children: 35%
- Five or more children: 40%
If the obligor has children from other relationships, calculating the amount of child support becomes more complex and will involve other considerations.
Additional Child Support Factors Considered By the Court
There are additional factors that the court may consider when determining child support payments, based on the guidelines in Family Code Chapter 154.123. Some of the other factors the judge may consider include:
- The child's age and needs
- The ability of both parents to financially support the child
- Any financial resources that are available to support the child
- Each parent's amount of time spent with and access to the child
- The cost of child care expenses incurred by either parent in order to maintain employment
- Whether either parent has physical custody of another child
- The amount of alimony or spousal support being paid or received by either parent
While the judge will consider the circumstances of the parents, the court's main concern is protecting the best interests of the child.
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Our Dallas child support attorneys at O’Neil Wysocki P.C. are known for providing clients with outstanding representation in a wide range of cases. No matter what the circumstances of your case are, you can be confident that we have the knowledge and experience needed to fight for the best possible outcome.
Both Michelle May O'Neil and Michael Wysocki are highly respected attorneys, and board certified in family law by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization. They lead our dedicated legal team to achieve positive outcomes in clients' cases. Attorney Jennifer Satagaj is also board certified!
Contact O’Neil Wysocki P.C. today to retain exceptional representation for your child support proceeding. Our Dallas child support lawyers serve clients throughout Texas!