Child Support Guidelines - Round Rock, TX Lawyers
Not only can a child custody case have extensive emotional repercussions, it can have extensive financial repercussions as well. In most child custody cases, a court will order one parent to pay the other parent child support. The amount ordered by the court can vary drastically on a case-to-case basis, and it is important that you have experienced trial lawyers who will know how to sway a court in your favor.
The amount of child support paid by one parent to the other will often be set by the child support guidelines, a formula based on net resources which is set forth in the Texas Family Code. However, the court can often go above or below the guidelines when ordering support for a wide variety of reasons. The relevant factors set forth in the Texas Family Code for a court in deciding to order support which varies the guidelines include, but are not limited to, (1) the age and needs of the child, (2) the ability of the parents to contribute to the support of the child, (3) any financial resources available for the support of the child, (4) the amount of time of possession of and access to a child, (5) the amount of the obligee's net resources, including the earning potential of the obligee of the actual income of the obligee is significantly less than what the obligee could earn because the obligee is intentionally unemployed or underemployed and including an increase or decrease in the income of the obligee or income that may be attributed to the property and assets of the obligee, (6) child care expenses incurred by either party in order to maintain gainful employment, (7) whether either party has the managing conservatorship or actual physical custody of another child, (8) the amount of alimony or spousal maintenance actually and currently being paid or received by a party, (9) the expenses for a son or daughter for education beyond secondary school, (10) whether the obligor or obligee has an automobile, housing, or other benefits furnished by his or her employer, another person, or a business entity, (11) the amount of other deductions from the wage or salary income and from other compensation for personal services of the parties, (12) provision for health care insurance and payment of uninsured medical expenses, (13) special or extraordinary educational, health care, or other expenses of the parties or of the child, (14) the cost of travel in order to exercise possession of and access to a child, (15) positive or negative cash flow from any real and personal property and assets, including a business and investments, (16) debts or debt service assumed by either party, and (17) any other reason consistent with the best interest of the child, taking into consideration the circumstances of the parents. Tex. Fam. Code. 154.123(b).
At Piper & Turner, PLLC, we have represented parents who are seeking above guideline child support and parents who are defending against a request for high child support, and we have particular expertise in dealing with cases with high income wage earners. We also have extensive experience in child support cases that involve children with exceptional financial needs because of physical, emotional, or educational needs and in other unique situations in which deviation from the guidelines is appropriate.
Our experienced trial attorneys understand the factors that will sway a court in determining the child support amount that is in your child's best interest. Attorney James W. Piper is a Board Certified family law attorney who has been serving families throughout Texas for more than 36 years. Mr. Piper has been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine, is an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and is widely considered one of the most well respected family law attorneys in Central Texas. Mr. Piper's partner, Travis L. Turner, also a Board Certified family law attorney, has been named a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine and is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. Mr. Turner, with his extensive litigation and courtroom experience, has rapidly become known as one of the most prominent young family law attorneys in the Austin area. Both Mr. Piper and Mr. Turner, along with the attorneys of Piper & Turner, PLLC, form a unique and unmatched team of lawyers with the talent and experience needed to gain success for our clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Contact our office to schedule an opportunity to meet with one of our experienced attorneys about your child support matter. Based on our experience, we can clearly explain how Central Texas family courts are likely to view your situation and we will guide you through the entire process. Our lawyers pride themselves on offering our clients honest and realistic assessments about their cases while zealously advocating for the needs of each individual client. Let us help achieve peace of mind about your child support case.
Contact us at Piper & Turner, PLLC to learn more about how we can help you weather the storm.