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Fort Worth Child Support Attorney

Compassionate Fort Worth Child Support Lawyers Serving Clients in Tarrant County

Child support obligations are calculated based on state child support guidelines that consider the income of both parties and any other considerations based on a child's needs. Any variance must be in the best interests of the child. While the Fort Worth courts adhere to the guidelines, it is important that the correct information is presented to ensure that you can collect support or ensure reasonable payments.

Texas child support guidelines include:

  1. The number of children
  2. Gross income – Deducting taxes, union fees, and health coverage
  3. The needs of the child – Education costs, medical costs, extracurricular activities, etc.

At The Law Office of J. Kevin Clark P.C. in Fort Worth, Texas, we are experienced in helping our clients navigate the family court system to achieve optimal results in settlement or at trial. Our lawyers will evaluate your personal situation, identify your objectives, and work to ensure that you have the financial security you need.

How Is Child Support Determined in Fort Worth?

Child support is typically the duty of the parent that is not in full custody of the child—also known as the non-custodial parent. Even in cases of shared custody, there will more than likely always be one parent that makes more than the other, which creates a responsibility to provide for the child. This parent is known as the obligor.

Child support is based on the following:

  • One Child – 20% of total financial resources
  • Two Children – 25% of total financial resources
  • Three Children – 30% of total financial resources
  • Four Children – 40% of total financial resources
  • Five Children – 40% of total financial resources
  • Six or More Children – More than 40% based on the needs of the children and the obligors financial resources

It is important to note that the courts will always have the final say when determining the amount of child support that is due each month based on the ultimate needs of the child. This means that even though the guideline percentage provides for a certain amount the court could choose to increase the amount if it is proved that the needs of the child are higher.

Contact a Tarrant County Child Support Lawyer

Child support typically ends when the child turns 18 but can continue if they have not graduated from high school or could even be indefinite if they have a disability that does not allow them to care for themselves. Additionally, it is important to note that if the child is emancipated by marriage, dies, or is no longer disabled, child support may end prematurely.

Child support cases can be emotionally difficult, and they can become more complex with the addition of factors such as multiple families and/or income-based modifications. If you are in the middle of a separation or divorce, it is important that you contact our compassionate and knowledgeable Fort Worth legal team. Regardless of your location in Tarrant County, Johnson County, Parker County, Wise County, or anywhere else in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, we are here to protect your family's financial future.

For an initial consultation directly with our Fort Worth child support lawyer, please call 817-348-6723 or contact us. We invite you to take action as soon as possible to protect your rights involving family law or a civil dispute.

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