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Child Support Law

Texas child support cases can sometimes be a “sticky” matter. The person receiving child support often believes that the amount of child support awarded is not sufficient to raise the child or children. And, the person who is obligated to pay the child support often complains that it doesn’t cost as much to raise a child or children as the amount that is set as child support. This discrepancy appears to be caused by the different prisms through which the “cost of the child” is viewed. Suffice it to say that Moms and Dads tend to view this issue quite differently.

Texas law has attempted to standardize child support awards by imposing Texas Child Support Guidelines—percentages which are presumably in the child’s best interest. And, while it seems easy enough to apply percentages to the amount of income earned, in practice, there may be complicating factors in any particular case, such as the amount of time that each parent is actually in possession of the children; whether any children have “special needs” which require additional costs to be incurred for the child; the costs of extra-curricular activities of the child; high-earning individuals for whom application of strict percentage guidelines would be unjust; travel expenses, and the party responsible for moving away from where the children previously resided.

In Texas child support cases, we do our utmost to resolve your matter efficiently and successfully. Often, the parties are initially unable to agree. Yet, usually, an agreement is ultimately reached, without an actual trial becoming necessary.

In Texas, child support is mandated until the child turns eighteen years of age (unless he/she marries, joins the military, or otherwise becomes emancipated). If the child turns eighteen during high school, child support continues until graduation. In some instances, as when a child is disabled, support may continue indefinitely. Texas does not make provision for college costs, and this is usually worked out between parents.

I practice collaborative law which can be of real benefit to parties in custody and support actions. It provides for a friendlier atmosphere, dials down the rancor, and can produce a better result than litigation. Call us to learn more about the child support process.

 

As in determining the child’s best interest, the Supreme Court of Texas has provided a “non-exhaustive” list of “factors” for the courts to consider. These factors include:

  1. the desires of the child
  2. the emotional and physical needs of the child now and in the future
  3. the emotional and physical danger to the child now and in the future
  4. the parental abilities of the individuals seeking custody
  5. the programs available to assist these individuals to promote the best interest of the child
  6. the plans for the child by these individuals or by the agency seeking custody
  7. the stability of the home or proposed placement
  8. the acts or omissions of the parent that may indicate that the existing parent-child relationship is not a proper one
  9. any excuse for the acts or omissions of the parent

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Any and all aspects of my child custody case were handled expediently and professionally with David. The outcome of my case, even though dismissed, was as expected. Great attorney. Great service.

Greg

David Heiman handled my case for enforcement of child support. He had previously handled my divorce case. He did his homework. There were other factors in consideration at one of the Hearings where Mr. Heiman presented case law in order to get my case transferred to the court of jurisdiction. Mr. Heiman was empathetic and objective in working with me to realistically and properly address my concerns. He didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear. He was able to look at the details of the case from both sides and he gave me great advice that ultimately produced favorable outcomes. The judges ruled in our favor EVERY TIME. Mr. Heiman is intelligent, impressive, compassionate and caring, and can bring out the humorous side of an unpleasant situation. Hire him! He will do no less than his very best to help you through it.

Heather

I can’t help but think I won the custody of my daughters because of the advice, help and support that David gave to me, from the first time I met him, right up to the time we won the custody case!!!” 

Cory

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