AREA OF FOCUS: FAMILY LAW- Child Custody/Support

  • Child Custody

    imag22esIn matters of child custody, the Texas Family Code provides for a basic framework, defining the rights and duties of a parent as well as times of possession, known as a standard possession order. This defines the legal rights and responsibilities of each parent, such as where the child lives (right of domicile) and goes to school (education rights) and who is responsible for making medical decisions.

    A standard possession order generally divides the child’s time roughly in half between both parents and establishes guidelines for parental access or visitation. Texas courts prefer to establish joint custody arrangements with one parent awarded primary physical custody and the other parent often ordered to pay child support.

    We have pursued cases on behalf of many different types of clients in numerous situations and are able to use this knowledge to your advantage. Winning child custody can be extremely difficult and taxing on you and your child. We are able to tailor our representation to suit your individual needs in order to minimize the negative impact that this matter has on your lives.

    There are more than 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Choosing a child custody attorney is one of the most important decisions a person can make in their lifetime. Those that choose Houston child custody attorney Arthur White III choose a lawyer with a proven track record who treats his clients with professionalism and will fight to the end for them.

    If you are in need of a child custody attorney in the Houston or surrounding area, please contact us for a free initial consultation.

  • Child Support

    Child+Support+LawChild support has become a hotly debated subject in today’s society. Many single mothers and fathers rely on the support from the child’s other parent in order to provide the best possible life for the child.

    The Texas Family Code has guideline percentages that apply to the first $8,550.00 of the non-custodial parent’s income. If the child has proven special needs, then additional support may be warranted.

    Texas courts use the total amount of money received by the person obligated to pay child support from all available resources and subtracts social security taxes and federal taxes (using one deduction), state income tax (if any), union dues and the cost of the health insurance for the child. This is known as the individual’s net income. Afterwards, the court takes a percentage of the net income to determine the amount of child support to be paid.

    The following percentages are presumed to be appropriate:

    Number of Children % of Net Resources

    • 1 child 20%
    • 2 children 25%
    • 3 children 30%
    • 4 children 35%
    • 5 children 40%
    • 6 or more children – Not less than 40%

    When you contact us for your initial consultation, we can quickly give you a reliable idea of how much you are likely to receive or be ordered to pay in child support. We can also discuss the options available for enforcement of the court order in cases of unpaid child support and for the modification of support orders when circumstances change.

    There are more than 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Choosing a child support attorney is one of the most important decisions a person can make in their lifetime. Those that choose Houston child support attorney Arthur White III choose a lawyer with a proven track record who treats his clients with professionalism and will fight to the end for them.

    If you are in need of a child support attorney in the Houston or surrounding area, please contact us for a free initial consultation.