The Basics of Child Custody and Support in Texas

If you have come to the realization that you need a divorce and the ball has started rolling, you may have questions about what happens with your child. You will need to go to court to determine custody and visitation rights. This article can give helpful information about court, visitation, and child support.

Going to Court

When summoned to the court for child support and custody issues, it is important to always show up to your court date. If you miss the court date, decisions can be made without you present. It is possible that court proceedings like this could take all day, and it is smart to hire a private attorney for the job at hand. Here are some other things to know about going to court:

  • You should tell the court what you want, as well as job income and stability information.

  • Genetic testing can be requested if you think you may not be the father of the child.

  • If you are both deemed to be the parents, the court then decides child support, medical support, custody, and visitation.

If you have more general questions on how court proceedings go, talk with an attorney today.

Visitation Rights

As one can see, it is important to go to court regarding child custody rights. In Texas, there is a basic visitation and custody rights which is called the Standard Possession Order. This order is based on how far apart the parents live from each other.

Parents that Live 100 Miles or Closer

The noncustodial parent receives visitation rights of:

  • 1st, 3rd, 5th weekends of the month

  • Thursday evenings every week

  • Holidays every other year (ex. Christmas every other year)

  • 30 days during the child’s summer vacation

Parents Live 100 Miles or More

  • No midweek visitation

  • Has the child during spring break and an extended summer break of 42 days

  • Holidays are the same as stated above

  • As far as weekends go, visitation can remain the same or be lowered to one weekend out of the month instead since travel may be difficult for the child.

In the end, the court will decide what is best for the child based on the evidence presented. This is why it is recommended to have a trusted attorney on your side to help you to the best of their ability.

Child Support

Child support must be paid no matter what. You can go to jail for failing to pay child support. Even if your ex is refusing visitation rights, you still need to pay child support. If you end up losing your job, you must let the child support office know immediately or else you will end up being required to pay the same amount of child support. It is always important to let the child support office know of any changes that need to be made immediately. This helps you and your child out in the end.

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Please get in touch with an attorney today to help you and your child custody support needs.

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