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Child Support

Austin Child Support Lawyer




The terms of child support are outlined under Chapter 154 of the state Family Code. State lawmakers have addressed the area of family law attempting to make marriage dissolution fair with regard to child support. The state puts its main focus on the best interests of the children involved. A divorce can be very destabilizing to a child and child support that allows a family to maintain a customary lifestyle can be beneficial to all parties involved. One or both of the parents may be ordered to pay support and the specific situation of the couple will be reviewed when making the ruling. Even if one parent is given sole custody, the other parent may still have a legal obligation to provide support. Duty of support may be terminated for the following reasons:

  • The child turns 18 or graduates high school
  • Marriage of the child
  • Death of the child
  • The child enlists in the U.S. armed forces
  • The parent-child relation is terminated upon finding from genetic testing

How Support is Determined

Support can be given in periodic payments, a lump sum, property set aside, annuity purchases or through a combination. In deciding child support issues, Austin child support lawyers meet with the parties and decide upon workable numbers that aid in providing for the children and their education as well as day-to-day expenses. Once the figures become part of the marital settlement agreement with court approval it becomes a legal obligation. The courts consider many factors when deciding child support and may include the following:

  • The earning potential of each parent
  • The income of each parent
  • The number of children in need of support
  • The ages of the children in need of support

Support can also be retroactive and the court may rule that a parent needs to pay for past support. Any violations of the child support arrangements are subject to enforcement actions by the proper authorities. It is a good idea to spend the necessary time with an Austin child support attorney to prepare a child support agreement that is workable to avoid problems and disagreements in the future. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that can affect the ability to provide child support necessitating child support modifications and new agreements. The Austin child support lawyers of Zinda Law Group PLLC help many divorcing parents with child support issues. Rest assured that an Austin child support attorney from Zinda Law Group will always offer competent legal services and work to help provide arrangements that are in the best interests of the children affected by a divorce.