Family law is an umbrella term that includes many different areas of legal expertise. Attorney Christina Perrone and the Perrone Law Firm offer a number of family law services to their clients in the Greenville, Texas community.
Divorce: Sometimes, marriages reach a point where they need to end. No matter the circumstances surrounding that ending, it is often an emotionally challenging decision to make, and can be painful for everyone involved.
It can also be incredibly complex and confusing, and—if mishandled—extremely expensive. This is why it is imperative to have an experienced, knowledgeable, tenacious Texas family law attorney by your side throughout your divorce, beginning as early as possible after you’ve decided to end your marriage and seen through until the divorce is finalized.
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Attorney Perrone is committed to assisting her clients through the divorce process, advocating for their best interests while holding space for their emotions during an often-difficult time. She will help you navigate the various aspects of marriage dissolution, including:
- the division of property and other assets
- alimony/spousal support
- child custody and visitation arrangements
Attorney Perrone offers both traditional, court-litigated divorce representation as well as mediation and collaborative law solutions.
Child Support: The State of Texas firmly believes that every child deserves financial support from both of their parents. When one parent is custodial (has custody of the children the majority of the time) and the other is non-custodial (has custody of the children for a significantly lesser amount of time, only has visitation, or has neither custody nor visitation), then the non-custodial parent is often ordered to make payments at regular intervals to the parent who has custody. These payments are referred to as child support payments, and are meant to be used to pay for the basic care and welfare of the child.
The amount of child support owed to the custodial parent is calculated by a specific formula, which takes several factors into account.
The basic guideline for child support is:
- One child: 20% of monthly income
- Two children: 25% of monthly income
- Three children: 30% of monthly income
- Four children 35% of monthly income
- Five children: 40% of monthly income
- Six children: No less than 40% of monthly income.
If a noncustodial parent makes more than $7,500/month, then the custodial parent can petition the Court for larger payments, providing they can prove that the child has a need for more money (which can be used for things like medical care, extracurricular activities, tutoring and scholastic costs, and a wide variety of other things that are decidedly in the child’s best interest). However, the Courts will only allow for increased payments if it is proven that the child needs that exact amount of extra money, and that the noncustodial parent will not be unduly burdened by making the increased payments.
Once an Order for child support is signed, it is illegal for a noncustodial parent to refuse or neglect to make those payments. Our firm works with the Texas Attorney General’s office regarding child support enforcement. Attorney Perrone is an experienced advocate for the rights of children to receive the support they are owed from their noncustodial parents. She is also an experienced advocate for fair, just child support Orders that are sustainable and can be reasonably maintained by the noncustodial parent.
For more information on Family Law In Greenville, Texas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the help you need by calling (903) 964-1122 today.