Why Do I Have To Pay Child Support During Summer Visitation?

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My ex has custody of our daughter, and moved out of state several years after our divorce.

I currently have visitation all summer, so why should I have to continue paying her child support during that time?

And how difficult would it be to achieve joint custody?

Texas divorce attorney Lisa Bustos


Your child support obligations depends on the laws within your state. Some states give a parent child support credit during the summer visitation with the child.

Oftentimes, a court considers each parent’s possession periods of the child and make discounts and allowances of child support in their initial child support calculation.

If your ex-wife moved with your child to another state with your agreement, it will be very difficult to convince the judge to move the child and/or her mother to another state.

Judges are very concerned with the child’s best interests and consider whether a move for the child will disrupt her life and well-being. The longer the child has lived in another state, the more hesitant a judge will be to move her back to your state.

If you simply would like more visitation with your child, I would recommend that you keep track of all of the days you had the child and how much regular and consistent contact you have. Keeping journals and calendars can serve as solid evidentiary proof that you deserve more visitation with your child.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in state and how they impact your potential case.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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