Child support is a family law issue that must be resolved when a marriage ends in divorce or when paternity is established. Child support is the financial support that a noncustodial parent must pay to the custodial parent to meet the child’s needs. It is generally calculated according to state guidelines.
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Child Support Laws in Texas
In Texas, both parents are responsible for financially supporting their children to provide necessities like housing, food, daycare, and healthcare. A parent who does not have physical custody of a child is therefore obligated to provide a monthly payment to support the custodial parent and to cover these expenses. Parents who fail to pay child support may be ordered by a judge to pay back support or may be subject to other legal sanctions, such as wage garnishment.
You and your spouse can agree on a child support payment and submit it to the court for approval. Otherwise, a support payment is generally based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s monthly net income. When assessing a parent’s income, courts consider wages or salary, overtime, tips, commissions or bonuses, government benefits, and investment income.
When determining child support, courts will consider:
- Each parent’s income
- Each parent’s earning potential
- The number of children being supported
- Whether the parent supports children from a previous relationship
Modifying Child Support Orders
In the event that your financial or life circumstances change significantly and your support order becomes unfair or unreasonable, you can seek a modification of the order through the courts. Our El Paso child support attorney can represent you in your efforts to obtain a modification. We can also represent you if the other parent of your child is requesting a modification that you don’t agree with.
Contact Linette Aguirre-Gonzalez, PLLC at (915) 642-0466 for help with your child support case today.