Child Support Lawyer in Laredo, Texas
Child support is the court-ordered financial maintenance of a child. Child support laws legally obligate a parent to support their child or children whether or not they have custody of them and regardless if they were ever married. A parent is obligated to support their child until they turn eighteen years of age, though exceptions do apply.
Most parents want to see that their children are well-taken care of in the divorce and will work closely with their partner to ensure that the child or children’s needs are met fully.
However, from time to time, there will be situations where one party disagrees with the amount that it takes to raise the child and provide for his or her needs, and in these cases, the court uses legal statutes as a basis for deciding the maintenance amount required for that child or children in the home.
Contrary to what some people believe, it is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the benefit of the child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy.
The amount of child support required will depend on the income of the non-custodial parent. Even if a custodial parent remarries or improves his or her financial situation, the child support obligations of the non-custodial parent may not change or cease.
There needs to be a material and substantial change in your circumstances to entitle you to a modification of your child support agreement or order.
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Whether you are the custodial parent or non-custodial parent, the Altgelt Law Office can help you find a resolution to your particular case. We are experienced attorneys who have successfully represented parties on both sides of the spectrum.
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