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Parents have certain rights, responsibilities, and duties under the Texas Family Code. Both parents have the duty to support their children with food, clothing and shelter. In most cases, one parent has the duty to pay child support. The parent paying child support is referred to as the obligor, while the other parent is referred to as the obligee. The Texas Family Code has established guidelines for calculating child support based on income and the number of children supported by the obligor.
The Texas Family Code also includes provisions for above guideline child support that is intended to address a variety of financial needs of the children. There are also times that parents agree to a child support amount that is considered to be below the guidelines. There are a number of reasons why child support amounts will vary, such as the possession time of each parent, the medical needs of the child, the financial needs of the child, and the ability each parent has to meet those needs. Some parents have daycare needs for younger children, or have children enrolled in private school, or summer camps. Some parents will agree to share in the cost of extracurricular activities for a child.
We work with our clients in preparing a realistic budget that is inclusive of all the child related expenses that parents often overlook. Before we attempt to negotiate a child support amount, we make sure that our clients are fully informed of the financial needs of their child and their own budget constraints, as well as the benefits and risks of asking a Judge to decide child support.
In addition to assisting clients with original child support suits, our firm is experienced in enforcement of child support orders and modification of child support.