Child Support Serving Families Throughout McKinney, TX & Surrounding Areas

McKinney Child Support Lawyer

Child support is a financial obligation mandated by the court, ensuring that both parents meet a child’s basic needs following a divorce or separation. In McKinney, as in all of Texas, child support is integral to family law and is designed to safeguard the child's well-being and quality of life. Child support is neither optional nor an obligation based on parental desires but a child’s right to benefit from both parental incomes as they would have if the family had stayed together.

At Petitt Family Law, we are legal advocates for parents and children in ensuring that Texas children impacted by separation, divorce, or lack of marriage get the benefit of the financial support they need and deserve. If you need legal help in securing, contesting, enforcing, or modifying fair child support obligations, our highly experienced family lawyer can help. 

Get your confidential consultation with our McKinney child support attorney by calling (469) 716-6893 or use our convenient contact form to get started. 

Overview of Texas Child Support in Collin, Denton, & Dallas Counties

The primary benefit of child support to children of divorce, separation, or whose unmarried parents do not live together is to provide them with the financial resources necessary for their upbringing. It helps cover food, clothing, housing, education, medical care, and other necessities. This ensures that the child doesn't experience a drastic shift in lifestyle or lack the means for proper growth and development when families split apart.

In Texas, the parent who spends less time with the child, commonly called the “noncustodial” parent, is generally required to pay child support. This payment is made to the custodial parent, who primarily cares for the child's day-to-day needs. It is usually presumed that the custodial parent supports the child through direct spending while under their care. 

Texas Child Support Guidelines

The amount of child support is determined through guidelines defined by the Texas Family Code and enforced by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The guideline amount is typically a percentage of the noncustodial parent's income, depending on the number of children to be supported and other factors. For instance, payment is generally 20% of the payer's net resources for one child.

The Attorney General’s Office provides a monthly child support calculator to help parents calculate payments. The amounts determined under these guidelines are typically deemed the correct payment. 

However, instances can occur when the support could be higher or lower than the guideline amount. Factors such as the child's age, needs, ability of the parents to contribute, educational expenses, and any proven financial hardship can influence the final amount. Judges have discretion in determining child support and can deviate from the guideline if they deem it in the child's best interest.

Enforcement of Child Support in Texas

The Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General handles child support matters in Texas. They work closely with various entities, including employers and community organizations, to enforce child support orders.

Where a parent becomes delinquent in supporting a child, enforcement actions can be filed in the family law courts. Courts can impose such methods as wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, suspension of licenses, or even jail time for non-payment.

Child Support Modifications

Child support orders can be modified after they are issued. However, to modify a child support order in Texas, you must prove a significant change in circumstances. This might include a substantial increase or decrease in either parent's income, changes in the child's medical insurance, educational expenses, or custody arrangements.

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