Establishing or Modifying Child Custody and Child Support Agreements in Texas

Child Custody

Divorce and paternity cases often involve the care and support of the children involved. With whom a child will live is one of the most important decisions a couple makes during divorce negotiations. How they arrive at this decision will either form the basis for future decision-making as they co-parent, or it will make future decision-making even more difficult.

Steve’s consultative approach provides clients with the knowledge, resources and support they need to reach a decision that works for the whole family. It is best if parents are able to jointly decide child custody and visitation rather than have a judge impose a decision that may not fit the needs of the family.

We empower our clients to make these critical decisions by providing sound legal counsel, emotional support, and access to experts in child custody evaluation. In our experience, the vast majority of parents are able to reach a decision.

In cases where one parent is seeking sole physical and/or legal custody due to abuse or because the other parent is unfit, the court’s intervention is inevitable. Steve handles even the most difficult child custody cases in Texas family court.

Child Support and Other Financial Concerns

Whether child custody and visitation is being considered in the context of a Texas divorce or a paternity action, child support will need to be determined. For most families, Texas child support guidelines will define the amount of financial support the custodial parent will receive. However, families with considerable assets often find that state child support guidelines are not adequate. Higher-income parents need to address additional issues in their divorce or child custody agreement in order to avoid conflict later.

We understand the importance of clarifying financial matters now in order to avoid discord later. Steve covers every detail with regard to ancillary financial matters, such as visitation travel expenses and protecting a child’s inheritance rights should a parent remarry. He will thoroughly review the parents’ plans for the child’s future and help them consider all the factors involved in raising a child.

Modification of Child Support

Child custody agreements and child support orders are living documents and may need to change as children grow and income changes or needs change. We help parents modify court orders that no longer work for their children or themselves. In child custody cases, we can prepare a new child custody agreement and facilitate the process through collaborative law or mediation whenever possible. In child support cases, circumstances such as a significant change in income of the party paying support or the financial needs of the child may necessitate a reduction or increase in child support. The court can consider increasing support based upon the needs of the child, including the:

  • Age and needs of the child
  • Ability of the parents to contribute to the support of the child
  • Amount of time of possession and access to a child
  • Child care costs incurred by either party in order to maintain gainful employment
  • Amount of alimony or spousal maintenance currently being paid or received by a party
  • Expenses for education beyond secondary school
  • Special or extraordinary educational, health care, or other expenses of the parties or of the child
  • Cost of travel in order to exercise possession of and access to a child

Buholz Law also works with parents desiring custody modification. Sometimes, as children age they want more evenly shared time with each parent. Or, in the case of a joint custody arrangement, one parent may now find his or her co-parent unfit to continue with shared parenting rights. Recently, we’ve seen an increase in cases where one parent desires to relocate out of town with the child and the other parent wishes to contest the move.

Our goal is to help our clients minimize the effects of divorce on their children and build successful relationships with their families after divorce by securing the financial resources and custody arrangements in the best interest of their children and themselves.