If any of you reading this are a parent like I am then you know that raising
kids is challenging, shall we say. It’s rewarding, gratifying and
at times requires selfless attention but no matter how old your child
is it is challenging.
Some of the challenges associated with raising a child are inherent in
doing just that. From sleeping through the night to getting homework done
to helping a little boy or girl learn to become a young man or woman there
are aspects of parenting that we cannot change.
When my wife looks at me with that exasperated face that I’m sure
many of you have shared with your spouse at one time or another I will
smile and say, “It is what it is.” What I mean by that little
phrase is that the situation cannot be changed and the sooner we can accept
that and deal with the results the better it will be for us.
On the other hand, something like a
divorce can lead us towards additional challenges associated with child rearing
that ordinarily we may not have to encounter or deal with. Not only are
we losing a care taker, a partner to shoulder the burden of raising the
child but our dollars are often stretched thinner than ever to compensate.
Another unavoidable truism about a child is that raising one is expensive.
Child support is intended to help even out the responsibilities of raising the child
child support is money that is paid by one parent to the other parent to assist in providing
for the essentials in that child’s life. If you are the parent that has
visitation with your child, meaning that you don’t live with your child during
most weeks and instead see him or her on weekends and other pre-designated
days, then it is likely that you are responsible for paying child support.
The purpose of your paying support is that you see your child less often
and therefore have less of a day to day responsibility for paying towards
the care of your child.
Your child support obligation is determined by the
Texas Family Code in all likelihood as a percentage of your
net monthly income adjusted for how many children you are responsible for. In a lot of situations
this standard, statutorily based amount of child support is just fine
as far as providing for the basic needs of your child. In some instances,
however, you may find that your ex spouse has expressed to you that this
guidelines support figure is not enough to cover all the costs associated
with raising your son or daughter.
When you are concluding your
divorce case and it is time to negotiate with your spouse on a child support figure
it is critical to understand how far reaching and important a decision
it is to agree upon a child support amount. If you are the parent who
is set to receive child support you will need to consider every expense
possible when you are involved in the negotiation of the child support amount
With that said, nowhere in the Texas Family Code does it cover exactly
what child support is supposed to pay for. By the same token, there is
no way to insure that the child support you pay to your ex spouse actually
goes towards the care and maintenance of your child.
I have had many clients in the past ask me if there is some way, some mechanism
that can be put in place to watch over the child support money and see
to it that it is spent on caring for the child. While I understand the
sentiment and appreciate the fact that you (like these prior clients)
may not trust your soon to be ex-spouse all that much, there is no watchdog
set up to keep track of child support money.
I’ll often explain that the government isn’t all that good
to begin with at keeping track of how it spends money- imagine how poorly
a job it could do at keeping track of how you or your ex spouse spends money.
Examples of what child support is intended to help provide your child with:
Necessities such as food, shelter and clothes
This is all pretty self explanatory. These are the sort of things an old
school, no non-sense parent would even have to agree with. Without food
to eat, a roof over their heads and clothes on their back a child cannot
do well in school or become well developed physically or emotionally.
Whether it’s help paying a
mortgage or buying the week’s groceries, child support can be applied to
these basic needs of your child.
Public school is not free. Private school is certainly not free. While
not every family has an option as to where their child can attend class,
there are costs associated with a child’s
education no matter at what school he or she learns.
Books, musical instruments, school supplies, costs associated with playing
sports, or homecoming dance tickets are a few of the many additional costs
of attending school for a child. If your child has a developmental issue
or just needs a little extra help in a certain subject, tutoring is an
expense for you to consider as well.
The third main area that child support is intended to help assist paying for is
medical care. If you are getting a
divorce in Texas, your judge will require that either you or your spouse provide health
insurance for the child.
If you cannot provide the insurance and the child has to be covered by
Medicaid then you will be expected to reimburse the State for the cost
of insuring your child. In addition, child support can help pay for things
like deductibles as well as co pays when it comes to covering your child
with health insurance.
Do you have additional questions on child support? Contact the Law Office
of Bryan Fagan
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