Child Custody & Child Support

Resolving questions of child support and child custody when parents are divorced or separated requires a close examination of relevant details. How many nights will the child stay with each parent? Who is the primary wage earner and who is the primary caregiver of the children? What are the monthly resources of each parent?

The Apffel Law Firm located in League City is a resource for parents who need help resolving difficult conflicts over child support and child custody in divorces. With more than 35 years of legal experience, we can guide you to a long-term solution that will be in the best interests of your child or children.

A Guideline Analysis Of Child Support

Texas follows a child support guidelines formula that is a basis for determining how much child support you will have to pay or receive. It is essential that the numbers that go into the formula are correct. Accounting for medical insurance and day care costs are important for a fair child support award as well.

The first step is to determine average monthly net resources of each parent. The definition of income is different than that used by the IRS, so it is important to work with an attorney who routinely handles child support issues. We can help you deal with all the issues that go into making sure a support obligation is fair.

Decisions Related Custody

Generally, you will share decision making over important issues like education and medical care as Joint Managing Conservators (JMCs). This does not mean that you will each receive equal time with the child.

Wherever the child will reside for the majority of the time is the primary physical residence. If this is your home, you may be called the custodial parent, managing conservator or primary conservator. The other parent or another party will be responsible for paying child support. A schedule will also be adopted that details when a noncustodial parent or another person, such as a grandparent, will receive visits.

We will provide counsel and help develop a fair, lawful child support and child custody agreement that can be incorporated into your divorce settlement agreement and divorce decree. To learn more about how we can help, send us an email, or call 281-724-4701 to schedule a meeting to speak with attorney Trey Apffel.