El Paso Child Support Attorney
Helping Families Throughout El Paso
A child support case can cause emotional turmoil. Tensions may be high, and those involved in the case can become easily frazzled or frustrated. The Law Office of Erica P. Rios can help alleviate the stress by compassionately walking you through your case, helping you understand your options, and make the right choices for you and your child.
In many El Paso child support cases, people do not fully comprehend exactly what their rights are. Having a firm grasp on your legal rights is an important first step going into any child support case in El Paso and will help you make informed decisions along the way. That’s why you need a knowledgeable El Paso child support lawyer who can explain your rights as well as your potential responsibilities or obligations regarding your family or your child.
Every state handles child support issues differently. In Texas, the custodial parent (who has primary care of the child) receives child support payments from the noncustodial parent (who does not have primary care of the child). A parent’s obligation to pay child support depends on what the court determines is in the best interests of the child.
What Factors Does the Court Consider When Determining Child Support?
The child’s best interests are determined by the court’s consideration of several factors. These factors may include:
- The child’s physical and emotional needs
- Each parent’s plans for the child
- The relationship between the parents (divorced or not)
- The parenting skills and experience of both parents
- Who can be considered the child’s primary caregiver
- The child’s preference (if he or she is age 12 or older)
- Whether there are multiple children (siblings) involved
- Reports of child abuse
How Is Child Support Calculated in Texas?
Like every state, Texas views child support as what will be enough to fit the child's best interests. To quickly calculate your average child support payment, you must determine your average monthly net resources.
To do this, follow these three steps:
- Analyze which amounts of income will be used and not be used when calculating annual gross income. Common sources that are not used include unpaid accounts receivable, forms of income earned by a new spouse, or payments to help provide foster care.
- Calculate your monthly income. This can be done by dividing your gross annual income by 12.
- Calculate average monthly net resources by subtracting the following from your avg. monthly income:
- All state income taxes
- Union dues
- Money paid for child's health support
- Social security taxes
- Federal income taxes
For further understanding of calculating your child support payments, do not hesitate to reach out to our child support attorney in El Paso, who can guide you through this process.
How Long Does The Child Support Process Take?
This will depend on the circumstances. After the child support forms are filled out, and the order is signed by the judge, it can take upwards of four to six weeks. There are many reasons for this, including waiting for the payroll department of the spouse to deduct money from his or her check every month. Our child support attorney in El Paso can guide you step-by-step through this process.
When Does Child Support End in Texas?
Typically, child support will end once the child turns 18 years old. However, this can be extended if the child is still in high school or has special needs that prevent them from living alone or taking care of themselves physically.
Contact Our Child Support Lawyer Today
With our El Paso family law attorney fighting on your behalf, you increase your chances of positively resolving your El Paso child support dispute in a way that benefits you and your child. See why El Paso families trust The Law Office of Erica P. Rios, as we work respectfully and efficiently with other attorneys and judges to effectively represent your case.
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