Arlington, TX 76015
It’s no secret that issues revolving around children are the most contentious in any divorce situation. Emotions run high. Logic can be in short supply. And parents will fight tooth and nail without any hint of compromise, especially when it comes to financial issues regarding child support and alimony.
Child support and alimony resolution are just two key services provided by a seasoned divorce attorney such as John Hixson.
John Hixson is a family law lawyer who specializes in all things related to divorce. This includes annulment, dissolution, and property issues as well as child support. Family law can also encompass other “family” issues as well, ranging from wills to adoptions. Although these issues may occasionally be simple, most of the time, it is divorce, child custody, child support and alimony issues that are the most difficult to work through. Because the stakes are high, ensuring you are protected is critical when you try to reach a negotiated and amicable settlement, if possible.
Unless you have a pre-nuptial agreement, alimony and child support can take some time to work through. Courts will want to see extensive financial records, verify assets, determine what each person brought to the marriage, and what each person’s earnings potential will be in the future, among other considerations.
The more preparation and documentation that a party can provide the court up front, the less likely that this part of the divorce will be as emotional when gray areas are concerned.
The key thing to remember is that in Texas, the non-custodial parent will pay child support. In other words, the parent who has physical custody and spends time with the child will determine who pays child custody. That’s because the law assumes that the custodial parent will spend money directly on the child when they are together. Texas law also states that both parents are responsible for supporting their children, which means that with few exceptions, both parents must have a financial commitment to support their children.
For alimony, Texas laws limit the amount that can be paid at $5,000 per month or 20 percent of the paying spouse’s monthly gross income, whichever is lower.
The Hixson Law Firm serves clients in Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie and other nearby Texas communities.