Texas residents who are going through the divorce process understand how emotional it can be. The emotional impact of divorce can be multiplied when there are children involved. Each divorcing couple will have to make their decisions when it comes to where the children will live and how the time should be split between the two parents.
In many cases, the courts will require one parent to pay child support. This is so that the primary parent is not the only one responsible for covering the expenses of the children. Determining the financial responsibility that each parent has can be challenging because in addition to the guidelines that are laid out by the laws, the courts have some flexibility when it comes to creating arrangements that will work for the divorcing parties. Each divorce is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all child support solution for every divorcing couple.
Child support arrangements can always be modified by the court. This is because the calculations for child support are often made based on the parent's income at the time of the divorce. However, things can change. One parent could get sick and no longer be able to work, or one parent may get a promotion and start earning a lot more money. These things affect how child support is paid, and the court can alter its decisions as the circumstances of the parents involved change.
Spousal support will always take a backseat to child support payments. If the court determines that child support payments should be lowered in the future, spousal support will likely follow suit.
There are a number of factors that come into play when courts decide issues of child support. A family law attorney may help their clients get a better idea of what some of these issues are. They may be able to help their client present a case as to why they deserve child support or why they need to have the child support arrangement modified because of changes in their circumstances. An attorney may represent their client in court throughout the divorce proceedings.