Navigating The Child Support And Child Custody Process
When a marriage ends in divorce, one of the most important issues parents must address is how to care for their children. This includes determining who will have custody of the children and how much child support will be paid.
At Ward & Myers LLP, we understand that child support and custody matters are of utmost importance when going through a divorce or separation. Our dedicated team of family law attorneys in Midland is here to provide you with comprehensive guidance and representation in issues involving your children. With our assertive yet compassionate approach, we focus on efficiently navigating the child support and custody process to protect the best interests of your children.
Understanding Child Support And Custody In Texas
When it comes to the child support and custody portion of family legal concerns, Texas follows specific guidelines and standards to ensure fair and appropriate arrangements. Here’s what divorcing parents can expect:
- Child custody (conservatorship): In Texas, child custody is referred to as “conservatorship.” The court determines conservatorship based on the child’s best interests, considering factors such as the child’s emotional and physical well-being, as well as each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs and their history of caregiving. The court may grant either joint managing conservatorship, where both parents share decision-making authority, or sole managing conservatorship, where one parent has the primary decision-making power.
- Possession and access (visitation): In addition to conservatorship, the court will establish a possession and access schedule that outlines when the child will spend time with each parent. Texas encourages frequent and meaningful contact between the child and both parents, aiming for a plan that promotes stability and positive parent-child relationships.
- Child support: According to Texas guidelines, child support is determined based on the paying parent’s income and the number of children involved. The court calculates child support as a percentage of the paying parent’s net income. Other factors, such as health insurance costs and child care expenses, may also be considered. Child support is typically paid until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later.
- Mediation and dispute resolution: Texas encourages parents to resolve child custody and support issues through mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods. These approaches allow parents to work together and create mutually agreeable arrangements outside of court. Our skilled attorneys can guide you through these processes and advocate for your rights and interests during negotiations.
- Modifications and enforcement: Over time, circumstances may change, requiring modifications to child custody or support orders. Enforcement measures may be necessary if a parent fails to comply with court-ordered custody or support arrangements. Our firm is experienced in handling modification and enforcement cases, ensuring that the best interests of your children are protected.
Our experienced attorneys have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you get the most favorable outcome possible for your children. We will work with you to understand your goals and develop a plan. We will also support you through this difficult time, providing the guidance and compassion you need to move forward.
Protecting Your Children’s Future
At Ward & Myers LLP, we understand the importance of your children’s well-being during this challenging time. Our experienced family law attorneys will guide you through the child support and custody process, advocating for the best interests of your children. With our assertive representation and compassionate approach, we strive to achieve efficient and favorable outcomes for our clients.