Obtaining a Fair Child Support Result
Divorce only ends marriage. It does not end either parent’s legal obligation to provide financial support for the care and upbringing of their children.
At Albin Roach, a family law law firm with offices in Plano and Frisco, we offer experienced legal representation for divorce, child support matters and for all related issues, including post-divorce modifications and enforcement actions.
How Much Can You Expect to Pay or Receive?
Texas’ child support statute includes presumptive guidelines for monthly support for children in one household. Essentially, the formula is based on the non-custodial parent’s net monthly income (currently capped at $7500) and the number of children to be supported. The actual statutory guidelines are as follows:
|Number of Children||Guideline Amount|
|One||20 percent of net monthly resources|
|Two||25 percent of net monthly resources|
|Three||30 percent of net monthly resources|
|Four||35 percent of net monthly resources|
|Five||40 percent of net monthly resources|
|Six or More||Not less than 40 percent of net monthly resources|
Keep in mind, these are guidelines. Courts do have the discretion to deviate from these guidelines based upon the facts and circumstances in each case. For instance, if the child custody agreement has provided for equal, or nearly equal parenting time, a judge may order a reduced support amount or even no monthly child support. Other factors that judges may take into account include the ages and particular needs of the children involved and existing child support obligations for children from previous marriages.
Attorney and Contact Information
Our Plano family law law firm handles child support matters for clients in Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County, and throughout North Texas. Make arrangements to meet with one of our lawyers by calling us directly or by contacting the firm online.