Child custody and support are two of the most critical aspects of divorce or separation, and they can profoundly impact the lives of both parents and children involved. At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we understand the importance of protecting your children’s well-being while ensuring your rights as a parent are upheld.
Child Custody in Texas
In Texas, child custody is legally referred to as “conservatorship.” There are two main types:
1. Sole Managing Conservatorship: In this arrangement, one parent has the exclusive right to make major decisions concerning the child’s life, such as education, healthcare, and religion. The other parent typically has visitation rights.
2. Joint Managing Conservatorship: This is a more common arrangement in Texas, emphasizing shared decision-making between both parents. Joint conservatorship doesn’t necessarily mean equal possession of the child, but it encourages both parents to collaborate in the child’s best interests.
Factors Considered in Custody Decisions
Texas courts prioritize the child’s best interests when making custody decisions. Factors that may influence these decisions include:
The child’s age, preferences, and emotional and physical needs.
Each parent’s ability to provide a stable and nurturing environment.
The child’s current living situation and school.
Any history of family violence or substance abuse.
Child Support in Texas
Child support is financial assistance provided by one parent to the other for the child’s well-being. The State of Texas has established child support guidelines to ensure that children receive appropriate financial support from both parents.
How Child Support is Determined
Child support in Texas is calculated based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income. The guidelines are as follows:
20% of net income for one child.
25% of net income for two children.
30% of net income for three children.
35% of net income for four children.
40% of net income for five children.
It’s essential to note that these percentages may change if there are more than five children involved. Additionally, other factors, such as medical expenses and child care costs, may be factored into the calculation.
Modifying Child Custody and Support
Life circumstances can change after a divorce, and sometimes custody or support orders may need modification. Reasons for modification might include job loss, changes in a parent’s ability to provide care, or changes in the child’s needs. It’s crucial to work with an experienced attorney to navigate these modifications effectively.
Real-Life Scenario: Protecting Your Child’s Best Interests
Imagine this scenario: Sarah and John have two children, and they’ve decided to divorce. They both want what’s best for their kids, but they’re struggling to agree on custody and support arrangements.
With the help of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, Sarah and John can explore options for joint conservatorship that allow both parents to remain active in their children’s lives. We can also help them calculate appropriate child support payments, ensuring that the financial burden is shared fairly.
By working together, Sarah and John can provide their children with a stable and supportive environment during a challenging time in their lives.
If you’re facing child custody and support issues in Texas, our team at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan is here to help. We understand the complexities of family law, and we’re committed to protecting your rights as a parent while prioritizing your child’s best interests.
Don’t navigate these crucial matters alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us guide you through the process. We have offices throughout Texas, including Houston, to serve you better.
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