Child Support Lawyers in Austin, TX

Understanding Child Support Obligations

Child support is a key issue to decide in a suit involving children. It may also arise after parentage is established. In either scenario, our Austin child support attorneys at Andrae Law, PLLC are prepared to offer experienced guidance. In addition to assisting clients with original child support suits, we are experienced in the enforcement of child support orders and modification of child support in Austin, Travis, Williamson, and the surrounding areas. Our attorneys have nearly a century of experience to apply to these matters.

Determining Child Support Obligations Under Texas Family Code

Parents have certain rights, responsibilities, and duties under 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. 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 may 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.

For example, 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.

Board Certified Family Lawyers Serving Williamson, Travis, Austin & Surrounding Areas

At Andrae Law, our Austin child support lawyers 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 amount.

Call our family law firm at (512) 668-7133 to discuss your rights and responsibilities in regard to child support.

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