You are probably wondering how the process of obtaining a child support, child custody or child visitation court order works. For instance, with regard to child support, a typical situation would be where both parents cannot agree on how much child support they should pay and sometimes they are unable to decide which party will be the financially responsible party.

The parties will seek the court’s help through their family law attorneys who will file legal documents asking the court to make a determination. Depending upon the financial situation of the parties, the court may order either or both parents to pay child support as determined by the court order.  The court will review each party’s income, financial records and assets to determine the appropriate amounts based upon certain calculated formulas, rules and guidelines.

Under the Texas Family Code child support laws, typically court ordered child support remains in effect (1) until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school, whichever occurs later; (2) becomes emancipated through marriage or by other emancipation legal proceedings or by other operation of law, or (3) upon the death of the child. If a child is disabled, child support could remain in effect for an indefinite period. There are other circumstances that may affect court ordered child support such as guardianships and conservatorships.

Court orders may also be modified past the age of 18 with regard to circumstances pertaining to continuing education such as college or trade schools. You may need to contact the nearest Texas child support office. Rules are different once your child turns 13, as your child may have a say in child custody matters. The state makes it easy to fill out a money order for child support in Texas as well. Check our Texas child support calculator for more information.

The Austin Child Support lawyers at the Law Office of Willie & Dasher represent clients in the areas of child support, child custody, divorce, visitation and more. We will assist you in all aspects of family law, including obtaining and enforcing a child support order, how to file an emergency custody order, or modification of an existing order.

We are here to listen to you, help you and we will explain the process from beginning to end, so you don’t have to worry. The Law Office of Willie & Dasher understands how emotional and stressful this process can be for our clients.  We treat all of our clients as part of our own extended family with the dignity and respect you deserve.

For more information about court ordered child support, child custody or child visitation, please fill out the contact form on this page. Or, feel free to call us to schedule your appointment today at 512-478-0834.