Hearing the phrase “child support litigation” can be frightening. But it doesn’t have to be. With an experienced family law attorney on your side, you can navigate the specifics of Texas child support law and resolve any custody or guardianship issues in your family.
Child Support Litigation is Common
Hearing “litigation” makes people think of courts and lawsuits. Which is fair. However, in the case of divorces, child custodianship, and child support, litigation is somewhat common. It’s not unusual for couples to have such a complication or emotional situation that they are not able to resolve it with mediation and must turn to a formal court. If this is your case, know that you’re not an exception to the rule. A qualified attorney will have the experience and insight from working cases similar to yours in the past.
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Child Support Litigation May Repeat
In an ideal world, child support would be a “one and done” kind of a deal. However, that’s very rarely the case. You may have to go to court, or through mediation, multiple times as your family’s situation changes. You or your former spouse may change your income or living situations and need to re-evaluate your current arrangement. Or your children’s needs may change, and a formal change to your arrangement might only be possible with a judge’s signature.
Whatever the case, expect that if your children are young or you foresee change in your future – and even if you don’t – child support litigation may be something you go through more than once.
Child Support Litigation is Worth It
When you’re facing what feels like an uphill battle, you may begin to question your resolve. Having an attorney in your corner is essential in moments like this. Your attorney should guide you through the steps in the process, let you know what’s coming next, and help you avoid pitfalls that you would have fallen into without them.
The ultimate goal is to construct the most beneficial, safest, happiest arrangement for your children as possible. And your attorney will keep that in mind at all times.
What’s Considered in Child Support Litigation?
In Texas, child support litigation specifically addresses custody – or “custodianship” – which determines who the child (or children) will live with the majority of the time. In addition, the litigation should address visitation rights, so that the non-custodial parent will be guaranteed safe, comfortable time to interact with their children.
In addition to the physical custody, the issue of child support is the essential goal for what should be resolved during the litigation. The amount of child support is often determined by how many nights the child will stay at the custodial parent’s house, compared with how many nights the child visits with the non-custodial parent. Child support amounts should be adjusted according to custody and visitation scheduling.
Additional Forms of Support
In addition, child support may not be a specific amount paid from one parent to the other. “Support” may also include physical gifts, assets placed under a child’s name or with the child as a beneficiary, medical insurance and bill payment, private school or college tuition funding, and other obligations. There are many ways that a parent can support their child, and all of them should be considered during your child support litigation.
Get a Lawyer Prepared to Fight for You
Because child support litigation can become so complicated, it’s not something you should even consider cutting corners on. You don’t want to risk the services of an inexperienced or overly emotional attorney causing you to lose out on the most precious thing of all – time with your children.