Dallas Child Support Lawyer

Child support is the regular payment of financial assistance made by the non-custodial spouse post-divorce to the custodial spouse who is caring for the children. Normally, it is thought that a parent who does not have custody of the children should still meet his or her obligation to care for the children by paying child support.

How Courts Calculate Child Support

Courts normally require that both parents fill out a financial statement to assist them in making a decision about child support. Both spouses are required to detail their monthly income and expenses for the courts so that a judge can arrive at a satisfactory payment amount if necessary. When the court sets child support, it normally tries to continue the pre-divorce standard of living for the children.

The court generally calculates child support based on several factors, including:

  • The needs of the child
  • Income and needs of the custodial parent
  • The child's living standard prior to divorce or separation
  • The paying parent's ability to pay

Changing Existing Child Support

If you are currently paying child support and would like to change the amount you are paying, you may be able to do this by petitioning the court for a modification. Also, the receiving spouse can request a modification if he or she believes that the amount should be higher. Both parties must have a legitimate reason to do request a modification. You cannot ask for a modification unless you have a legitimate reason.

Some reasons that an individual may ask for a modification include:

  • Job changes by either parent (loss, promotion, or new career with new salary)
  • Additional income from re-marriage
  • Disability of either parent
  • A child's medical emergency
  • A payer's inability to pay due to emergency or job loss
  • Cost of living increase
  • Temporary economic or medical hardship by either parent

If you have more questions about child support or want more information about child support matters, don't hesitate to contact our firm today for assistance. A dedicated and hardworking Dallas divorce lawyer at Holland & Martin, PC can do everything possible to help you get the child support that you need or assist you in working out a solution concerning the amount you are required to pay.

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