Texas has set guidelines for determining the amount of child support that should be paid. Several factors are used to calculate the exact amount to be paid, such as:
- The income of the parties
- Work-related child care costs
- Health insurance costs
- Pre-existing child support obligations
The court may also consider other factors in setting child support such as unusual needs of the child, or the ability of the parent to pay more or less. Whether you are seeking child support or are required to pay it, your case can benefit from the advice and counsel of a skilled lawyer.
There are different arrangements that can be made for your children if you are going through a child custody case or attempting to negotiate a custody/visitation or parenting time agreement. An agreement between the parents regarding custody can result in a less time-consuming and costly case. All concerns can be voiced and an agreement may be reached through this process.
Visitation guidelines can be established to the satisfaction of both parents. In the event that no agreement can be reached, a judge will make the final decision for you. As can be expected, the best interests of the child are the main concern in any custody case. An experienced and professional divorce attorney may make the difference between success and failure in your case.
A divorce can be one of the most difficult and life-changing experiences of your life. Even the most amicable situations can result in unexpected conflicts with regard to property and matters pertaining to your children. During a divorce, it is always in your best interests to seek guidance and counsel from a skilled divorce lawyer.
The Law Office of Melissa A. Cook provides experienced legal representation to those seeking a divorce. In my legal practice, I am ready and able to assist with even the most complex cases. I can help with all matters pertaining to your divorce, whether contested or uncontested. This includes the following:
- Property division
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Military divorce
The court encourages spouses seeking a divorce to work out their own agreements regarding asset distribution and other matters pertaining to the marriage. This is called an uncontested divorce and usually requires the assistance of a skilled divorce attorney with considerable experience in divorce cases. Once an agreement is worked out, it is signed by both spouses and submitted to the court for approval and inclusion in the final settlement.
Marital property is considered any assets acquired during the marriage, unless a spouse can prove otherwise. Under Texas law marital property is divided equitably. Property division even in an uncontested divorce can become extremely complex if a lot of assets are involved, or there is disagreement over items classified as marital or separate property. A competent and thorough attorney can ensure nothing is overlooked and the assets are distributed fairly.
Child Protective Services
In Texas, Child Protective Services (CPS) may be informed regarding concerns about the welfare of a child. This can include reports of child abuse or neglect, domestic abuse, a parent's drug addiction or other legal matters. If you are involved in a CPS investigation, it is in your best interests to have a strong lawyer on your side. The Law Office of Melissa A. Cook, based in Austin, provides strong representation to clients throughout the state for a wide range of family law concerns.
Although same-sex marriage is not legal in Texas, many legal situations can arise between same-sex couples that need resolution. In these circumstances, it is important to have representation from an experienced lawyer who is sensitive to your legal needs.