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Child Support Basis in Texas

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Child Support Basis in Texas

In Texas, when a couple gets a divorce and children are involved, the non-custodial parent may be liable for child support.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Child support in Texas is based on a formulaic equation. The court factors in the non-custodial parent's net resources, net income and other resources, and how many children that parent are responsible for supporting.

Moreover, it depends on the non-custodial parent’s income threshold and the number of children involved. For an income of $8,500 or less of net resources per month, the percentage is 20% for one child, 25% for two, 30% for three, 35% for four, 40% for five and not less than 40% for six or more. For an income of over $8,500, the court can order an additional amount.

Can the Child Support Order Be Modified

Yes, a child support order can be modified if there has been a change in circumstances. Examples of such changes include:

  • A big increase or decrease in either of the parent's income
  • The child is several years older than when the original child support order was given or has reached the legal age of majority

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you are seeking to establish child support or to modify a child support order, it may be wise to speak with an experienced family lawyer. Consulting with a family lawyer can help you understand your options and help you deal with the complicated legal system. Additionally, a lawyer may be able to help you weigh in your circumstances to either increase or decrease the child support from the formulaic equation. A qualified Texas lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a claim.

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Last Modified: 05-06-2018 08:29 PM PDT

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