Child Support

Need Help Establishing Paternity?

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From paternity blood tests to DNA paternity tests, the science behind determining a child's father has advanced quite significantly over time. However, certain legal procedures are required in order to compel someone to submit to a paternity test. If you're interested in learning more about how to establish paternity, schedule a consultation and we can work with you to begin the process.

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For most parents, nothing is more important than the well-being of their children, which is probably one reason why legal disputes involving kids are often so challenging, not to mention emotional.

At the Thomas Family Law Firm, PLC, we understand that child custody disputes and other related legal matters are often difficult to deal with, especially if you do not have experienced legal guidance by your side. Fortunately, we are here to help. 

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Kids and Divorce: Ten Tough Issues


Children have an especially difficult time with divorce. Many times, parents neglect to consider the ramifications of the effects of the divorce on their children. Understanding how children will view the divorce and the resulting parental relationship is an important component to helping minimize the emotional turmoil of divorce for children.

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Top 10 tips for newly divorced moms

by Lee Brochstein via themomiverse

They say that being a parent is the toughest job in the world, but there is no job that is tougher than becoming a single parent. No one thinks when you have children that you will be raising your kids by yourself, but when you get divorced, even though you have an ex-spouse, when it is your time with the kids the responsibility lies squarely on your shoulders, and sometimes that weight can be very heavy.

Here are some tips to help make your transition into life as a newly divorced mom easier:

Q&A: School Related Expenses


Question: The school year for students is quickly approaching. Still tracking down school supplies? As parents of school-age children know, stocking up on clothing and notebooks — and even things like iPads and laptops — can be quite a project, not to mention a substantial expense. Separated or divorced parents often wonder if they are shouldering too much of the burden. Who is supposed to pay for all of this stuff anyway?

Answer: This is dependent on the divorce decree. Many times, a custody agreement will say that you have to pay child support but that you also have to pay one half of any extra fees such as extracurriculars or other school related expenses. Let's not lose sight, rather, that this is your child. If you are able to pay then you should want to pay to see that your child gets the best possible education. Child support is the bare minimum that you are ordered to pay as it takes both parents to support and raise a child. There will always be incidentals that come along with raising a child such as uncovered medical expenses, school expenses, extracurricular fees, etc. 

What Does Child Support Cover?


What is child support intended to cover?

This article helps explain.

There is a growing misconception among some that child support should only cover a child's bare necessities, such as food and clothing. In truth, child support is meant to cover a broad range of expenses, which may include school fees, entertainment, medical, and extracurricular activities, among other things.

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