What you need to know about child support in texas

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1. W h a t Y o u N e e d t o K n o w A b o u t i n T e x a s 2. How is Child Support Determined in a Divorce? The amount of child support paid is determined by the courts…
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  • 1. W h a t Y o u N e e d t o K n o w A b o u t i n T e x a s
  • 2. How is Child Support Determined in a Divorce? The amount of child support paid is determined by the courts and based on the amount of time the child or children spend with both parents. The noncustodial parent (the parent with whom the children do not live) will be responsible for making child support payments.
  • 3. Any parent with whom a child or children live, regardless of current or previous marital status, can apply for child support in the state of Texas. The Child Support Division in the office of the Attorney General can provide assistance when needed. C a n I A p p l y f o r C h i l d S u p p o r t i f I W a s N e v e r M a r r i e d ?
  • 4. Can I Apply for Child Support if the Other Parent Lives Out of State? Parents are responsible for the financial support of their children no matter where they live. When the noncustodial parent lives out of state, they are still responsible for making timely and complete payments. Courts in different states work together to enforce these orders.
  • 5. In the state of Texas, child support is calculated on a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income and financial resources. For 1 child, support is 20% of net resources. This amount increases by 5% with each subsequent child, reaching 40% for 5 or more children. H o w i s C h i l d S u p p o r t C a l c u l a t e d i n T e x a s ?
  • 6. In Texas, income up to $8,550 monthly is considered for child support. Anything above that is not considered and will not factor into the percentage of child support the noncustodial parent will be required to pay. I s T h e r e a C a p f o r C a l c u l a t i n g C h i l d S u p p o r t ?
  • 7. The noncustodial parent will be required to pay child support until each of his or her children has turned 18 or graduated high school – whichever comes later. H o w L o n g d o C h i l d S u p p o r t P a y m e n t s C o n t i n u e ?
  • 8. Child support is enforced by the state Attorney General. In the case of nonpayment, the Office of the Attorney General may take action including garnishing wages, intercepting tax returns, filing liens against property and assets, and suspension of state-issued licenses. In extreme cases, court enforcement with jail time may be sought. H o w i s C h i l d S u p p o r t E n f o r c e d i n T e x a s ?
  • 9. Either party may file for a modification of support if financial situations change. The method of calculation does not change, but the amount may as income increases or decreases.  C a n C h i l d S u p p o r t b e M o d i f i e d ?
  • 10. You do not need an attorney to modify a child support order in Texas, but you’ll want one. In fact, any issue related to child support is best assisted by an attorney. Child support may seem straightforward but, as with all issues in a divorce, is seldom as simple as it seems. Having an attorney on your side helps protect the best interests of all involved children and may even prove useful in speeding up proceedings for a swifter resolution. D o I N e e d a n A t t o r n e y t o M o d i f y a C h i l d S u p p o r t O r d e r i n T e x a s ?
  • 11. Sugar Land Family Law Attorney Yasmin Kutty is Here to Help with Child Support Orders and Modifications, and All Other Divorce-Related Issues. H T T P : / / W W W . K U T T Y L A W F I R M . C O M Call Us at (713) 568-5401 to Schedule a Consultation and Learn More.
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