Texas Child Support Basics
Child Support in Texas, particularly for those payor parents that either make too much or too little is complicated. There are Texas child support guideline calculations to determining child support, as well as other considerations.
In Texas, child support is issued to be paid from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to pay for the expenses of raising the child. Typically, eighty (80%) percent of the time, the father (payor parent) of the child or children pays the mother (payee parent) in Texas. Both parents have rights in regards to child support, do not let someone take you for a ride on increasing child support or setting it too low, this is not the men have to pay through the nose to the mothers.
In the state of Texas child support is determined by the number of children total you have and the amount of money you make. Generally, if someone has one child and they divorce, the payor parent will owe twenty (20%) percent of their net resources to the payee parent. If the payor has other children and support obligations there are child support guidelines for that as well. For a state sponsored calculator on child support click HERE. Note, this is not a definitive calculator. You need to talk to a licensed attorney to discuss such an issue before coming to a conclusion.
However, when dealing with family law issues related to children we must also include the best interest of the child or children standards. For instance, if the court does not believe making a parent pay full guideline amounts is appropriate as the parent pays other portions of childcare (i.e. daycare, all medical, etc.) the court can order other support amounts. This is if the court determines it appropriate. It is on a case by case basis and very much discretionary.
Child support is a very convoluted field of law in Texas. Our firm is dedicated to avoiding disaster in divorce and all family law matters. If you have questions regarding Texas child support contact us here HERE. Our trusted and tried lawyers are waiting to help you avoid disaster.