Why is child support important?
Providing financial support for children is the responsibility of both parents. Household finances are inherently split when the divorce is finalized, with the children likely spending time with both parents. Child support is the state’s way of ensuring the child has adequate monetary support. If parents fail to follow the child support obligations, a child support attorney may be needed to enforce the child support conditions.
How is child support calculated?
Courts in the state of Texas use a three-part test to calculate child support payments. Determining the child support payer’s amount of available income is the first step. The Texas child support guidelines are then applied to the payers monthly income. Lastly, any factors that may justify not using the guidelines are considered.
Child Support Guidelines in Texas
- One Child: 20% of the paying party’s net income
- Two Children: 25% of the paying party’s net income
- Three Children: 30% of the paying party’s net income
- Four Children: 35% of the paying party’s net income
- Five Children: 40% of the paying party’s net income
- Six or More Children: not less than 40% of the paying party’s net income
Texas courts may order temporary child support while the proceedings are pending.
Child Support Modifications In Texas
Modifying a child support order is sometimes necessary and courts in Texas can make these types of modifications if the circumstances allow it. If one parent has become unemployed and is receiving benefits, for example, child support can be modified. Likewise, payers who have an increase in salary may also have the child support amount modified. Health insurance changes and the age of the child are also considerations in modifying a child support order. If applicable, a Houston child support attorney will schedule a hearing for a child support modification.
Child Support Enforcement
The state of Texas takes child support issues seriously. Failed and late payments can be considered contempt of court. Wage garnishment, bank and retirement account levies, and even imprisonment are consequences for failing to pay court-ordered child support.
At Moffett Law Firm, we can advise you on all matters pertaining to child support including calculating the appropriate amount of support, determining if an increase or a decrease is appropriate and enforcing child support. If you need to establish, modify or enforce a child support order, please call 713-333-5800 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.