Child support and custody issues present unique challenges and require careful consideration in light of each family’s unique circumstances. The children’s best interests must always be the top priority; however, getting both parents to agree what is “best” can sometimes be easier said than done, and there are statutory guidelines that must be followed in all child support and custody matters.

If you have questions about establishing or enforcing child support or custody rights in Texas, these resources from our McKinney family lawyers will help you gain a better understanding of your situation. For personalized legal advice, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation.

1. Child Custody Evaluations

If you are going through a separation or divorce, there is a small possibility that you will be required to undergo a child custody evaluation as part of the process. A child custody evaluation is a process in itself; and, if you need to go through one, you need to be prepared. For additional information about when child custody evaluations are required and what the evaluators will be looking for, you can read: What Do Divorcing Parents Need to Know about Child Custody Evaluations in Texas?

2. The Parents’ Wishes

In child support and custody matters, while the parents’ wishes are important, they are not the sole factor to be considered. Even when parents are able to agree on the terms of their separation or divorce, they must still ensure that their proposed arrangement complies with the applicable requirements of Texas law. To learn about when the parents’ wishes come into play and the other factors that need to be considered, you can read: How Much of a Say Do Parents Have in Determining Custody and Child Support?

3. The Children’s Wishes

Under Texas law, when a child is over the age of 12, his or her wishes are among the factors to be considered in establishing custody. However, like the parents’ wishes, the child’s wishes are not determinative. For more information about how to address your children’s wishes regarding custody, you can read: Does it Matter Where My Children Want to Live?

4. Non-Custodial Visitation

When one parent has primary physical custody (also referred to as “possessory conservatorship” in Texas), the other will generally have rights of visitation. Parents’ visitation arrangements should be as clear and comprehensive as possible, addressing everything from regular pickup schedules to holiday travel. You can learn about some additional factors for establishing visitation rights in: How Visitation Works in Texas

5.  Calculating Child Support

In Texas, parents’ child support obligations are predominantly based on ability to pay. However, income is not the only factor – child custody rights, the children’s needs and various other factors can come into play as well. For an introduction to Texas’s child support guidelines (and to differentiate between some common myths and reality), you can read: Five Myths About Texas Child Support.

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If you are preparing for a divorce or separation and would like to speak with an attorney about child support or custody, you should contact a skilled attorney today. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, request an appointment online today.