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Special Needs Children in Texas Child Support Cases

In all family law cases, the court’s primary concern is the best interest of the child. In determining the amount of child support to be paid, the court looks at a variety of factors. However, the amount that the court orders must be reasonable and in the best interest of the child. The attorneys at The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC will explain what goes into the consideration of these special needs and how it can affect you in your child support hearings.

Houston Special Child Support Concern Attorneys

We at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC are committed to the positive resolution of your child support and family law cases to achieve the best results for you and your family. We understand that child support is a difficult matter that requires delicate handling, and we provide the compassionate representation you and your family need. If you have questions concerning special child support considerations in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Grimes, Washington, and Montgomery Counties, contact our family law attorneys in Houston to schedule a free consultation and discuss the details of your case.

Considerations and Concerns for Special Child Support Needs

Texas law provides statutory guidelines for how much child support may be ordered. According to these guidelines, the amount of support ordered is linked to the parent’s net resources and the number of children involved.

There is a rebuttable presumption that a support order that follows the guidelines is reasonable and in the best interest of the child. The court may deviate from the guidelines, but if they do, they have to give reasons for the deviation.

The most common reason why the court will deviate from the guidelines is because special needs of the child require above guideline support. Some special needs the court might look at include:

  • Medical needs, such as medication for a chronic illness
  • Educational needs, such as the need to attend a school for gifted students
  • Therapeutic needs, such as the need to receive speech or physical therapy due to a disability
  • Child care expenses
  • The need for adaptive equipment, such as a motorized wheelchair
  • Other specialized needs or expenses, such as summer camp, a musical instrument, or a family pet

Even where there are special circumstances, the court will usually follow the guidelines. If the court decides not to follow the guidelines, they must give the reason for doing so, and any deviation must be in thebest interest of the child. An experienced child support lawyer in Houston can ensure that deviations are according to standard and ensure that all special needs are addressed in the considerations.

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The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it's important to speak with a Spring, TX Divorce Lawyer right away to protect your rights.

Our divorce lawyer in Spring TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Spring, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.

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