Child Support in Southlake, Texas
It can be difficult to come to an agreement about your child’s needs. Most parents agree that they want the best for their children — they just do not agree what “the best” means. At the law office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., in Plano, Texas, we are forceful advocates for the parents we represent. Serving clients in Southlake and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, we do everything possible within the scope of the law to protect their interests and the interests of their children.
This is especially true when it comes to child support.
The amount of support paid or received can have a significant effect on a family. It can affect the standard of living experienced by either parent, and it most greatly affects the child’s quality of life after a divorce or determination of paternity.
Establishing Child Support Under Texas Law
When parents divorce or when a father is determined to be the child’s legal father by a paternity proceeding, the primary parent, called the “primary joint managing conservator,” usually has the right to receive child support on behalf of the child.
Texas law determines the amount to be paid. The law considers certain factors, including the income of the noncustodial parent, as well as the number of children that parent has the duty to support.
Determining a parent’s income for child support purposes can be complex. The law office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. may consult with highly regarded financial professionals in order to protect our clients’ interests, especially when nontraditional income sources or high income amounts are involved.
When determining child support, Texas family law considers income sources such as:
- Wages, salaries and overtime paid by employers
- Commissions and tips
- Severance pay
- Interest, dividends and royalty income from investments and intellectual property
- Capital gains
- Interest income from notes regardless of the source
- Self-employment income from professional practices and family-owned businesses
- Net rental income from investment properties
- Trust income
- Litigation-related payments from jury verdicts and settlements
- Gifts and prizes, including lottery winnings
Child Support for Children With Extraordinary Needs
Parents’ earnings can be of special significance, especially for high-income families who want the best for their children. At Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., our attorneys have represented numerous parents of children with exceptional abilities. These parents support their children’s exceptional musical talent, Olympic-level athletic training or accelerated academic careers.
Child support orders often take special circumstances into account, providing parents with the financial resources to support their children’s aspirations. Child support may be calculated to allow for private school education, horseback riding lessons, dance and other athletic training, tutoring or other special needs.
Obtaining child support related to special circumstances can be a challenge, especially when parents disagree as to the importance and monetary value of a child’s needs. At Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., we rely on a network of highly regarded counselors, child psychologists, teachers and other professionals who can provide expert opinions in Southlake divorce cases.
Contact Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. About Child Support in Southlake, Texas
Contact our Plano, Texas, law firm by calling 972-380-4222 to speak with an experienced and accomplished local lawyer. In Southlake, issues of child support can often be complex, but with close communication, honest advice and an energetic approach, the lawyers at the law office of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C. we are committed to achieving a favorable outcome.