Caring And Knowledgable Child Support Attorneys For Texas Parents
In a situation where one parent is a primary parent, the court will generally order that the nonprimary parent pay child support based on a percentage of the nonprimary parent’s monthly net income. The percentages are as follows:
- 1 child = 20% of parent’s net resources
- 2 children = 25% of parent’s net resources
- 3 children = 30% of parent’s net resources
- 4 children = 35% of parent’s net resources
- 5 children = 40% of parent’s net resources
- 6+ children = Not less than the amount for 5 children
Monthly net income can include all wages, salary, commissions, tips, overtime, and bonuses, severance, retirement or unemployment benefits, or from Social Security or workers’ compensation awards. Income also includes gifts, prizes and alimony, among other things.
The current cap in Texas is $8,550 per month. Therefore, absent a showing of special circumstances, the highest amount of child support will be reached by multiplying the $8550 by the percentages as indicated above.
Both Parents Must Contribute To Child Care Costs
Just because one parent tends to pay child support, that doesn’t mean that the other parent is off the hook for the costs of raising a child. Instead, the law assumes that the custodial parent spends the money directly on the child. In other words, the custodial parent automatically pays child support through the daily cost of raising the child.
Child support is monitored by and generally paid through the Attorney General of Texas. A modification of child support can occur at any time that the needs of the children significantly change or that the net income of the paying party changes so greatly that it would justify a change in the amount to be paid by at least $100 and/or 20%.
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Balekian Hayes, PLLC, can assist with child support arrearages as well as child support modifications. Contact our Dallas offices for an appointment to discuss your child support matters with one of our capable lawyers.