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Alimony and Child Support in High-Income Families

Determining the amounts of alimony and child support is a contentious part of any divorce. In high-asset divorces, however, it is often even more complicated. Regardless of your family's income, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights in alimony and child support cases.

Attorney Bruce Turner at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., represents people in the Dallas area in divorce cases, including those involving alimony and child support. His comprehensive knowledge of Texas family law allows him to identify circumstances that may affect alimony and child support payments. Whether you are seeking or contesting alimony or child support, our attorneys can assist you.

Spousal Maintenance and Alimony

We represent men and women seeking or contesting spousal maintenance or alimony. In Texas, spousal maintenance is rarely granted except in marriages of 10 or more years in which one spouse has few assets and a low earning capacity. It can last up to three years. If you need living expenses during the divorce process, we can file a temporary order for you. Alimony is a contractual obligation that may be part of a divorce settlement; it is not granted by the court.

Spousal maintenance payments are tax-deductible for the payer, while the person who receives the payments must pay taxes on them. Depending on your financial circumstances, it may make sense to discuss a property settlement in lieu of or in addition to spousal support. In high-asset divorces, we must present the reasonable needs of the dependent spouse. Often, this must be balanced against the standard of living acquired during the marriage.

Child Support

Texas has statutory guidelines for determining the amount of child support payments. In general, the noncustodial parent will pay 20% of his or her income for one child; for two children, it is 25%. The maximum child support payment is based on a net income of $7,500 per month.

In some high-income families, a parent may be able to argue that the child's needs are greater than the maximum payment can cover. The court has discretion to grant an increase in child support payments if the cost of the child's needs can be proven. In high-asset divorce and custody cases, the reasonable needs of the child may include expensive extracurricular activities, sporting equipment, tutors and clothing.

If you need to modify child or spousal support, we can assist you. To make an appointment with a Carrollton spousal maintenance lawyer, please call 800-486-9553 or contact us online.

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Bruce Turner

For family law, business law, real estate, tax planning and estate planning for high-asset individuals, contact attorney Bruce Turner of Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C.

Office Locations

Turner, Bruce E.
1603 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway Suite 280
Dallas, TX 75234

Phone: 800-486-9553
Fax: 214-373-2570
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Bruce Turner with Bennett, Weston LaJone & Turner, P.C.

Attorney Bruce Turner is located in Dallas and represents people and businesses throughout DFW and the Metroplex, including Denton, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Farmers Branch, Irving, Las Colinas, Corinth, Highland Village, The Colony, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Garland and Grapevine as well as Collin County, Denton County and Dallas County in Texas.

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