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Court rules father not responsible for extra child support

For many Texas families, issues regarding shared custody of children can be nearly impossible to agree upon. A court order usually details matters like where a child lives, the amount of parenting time each parent has and other aspects of co-parenting. Some parents may occasionally find themselves at odds, especially when it comes time to calculate child support. 

Many considerations are factored into the calculation of child support. The court will look at things like the income of both parties and any special needs a child may have that could be costly. It is not unusual for a non-custodial parent to be required to pay for child care while the other parent is working, but a recent case involving famous actor Tyrese put special stipulations into place. 

Tyrese was paying an amount of child support required by the courts, but the child's mother asked for an increase to cover extra child care. Tyrese argued that he was happy to pay for child care while the mother was out of the home for work-related matters, but he did not feel it was fair to pay for child care when the mother was absent for reasons like social gatherings or shopping. The judge agreed with the father, and the amount was not raised. The mother must now document her work-related activities so that the father is not paying unnecessary support.

If a Texas parent needs to establish, modify or enforce a child support order, he or she may not know where to begin. The paperwork may seem confusing, and the parent may not have some of the information needed. On such occasions, it can be helpful to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help a client make quick work of the required documents and assist them as they present their case in court.

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