When two people have a child together, it is each parent’s obligation to financially provide for that child until they reach the age of 18. Whether the parents of the child are divorced, aren’t living together or are legally separated has no bearing on the obligation. In divorce cases, one parent will typically have primary physical custody of the minor child, with the non-custodial parent having visitation and co-parenting privileges. The non-custodial parent will frequently be ordered to pay a certain amount to the custodial parent, to be used to financially provide for their shared child. How much this is depends on many factors, including but not limited to:
- The ability of the non-custodial parent to pay support and how much
- The financial needs of the child, including child care costs, education costs, costs of health insurance and any other needs that the child may have
- The standard of living that the child has become accustomed to
Regardless of which side of a child support issue you are on – whether you’re the custodial parent and are being awarded child support, or you are the non-custodial parent who is being ordered to pay – it is critical that you speak with an experienced Texas child support lawyer about your rights under the law. At the Law Office Of Malcolm S. Nettles, we are committed to helping you to resolve your child support issues in a way that will best allow you to move forward with your life after the painful and difficult process of divorce.
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