Children Divorce

Child Support Payment and Timing

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When can I order child support and how much money is paid in child support?

In the state of Texas, child support may be ordered in three different scenarios. First, when a couple with a child divorces, the parents with whom the child is primarily residing will typically receive child support. Secondly, when individuals attempt to gain paternity of a child, child support issues are involved. Lastly, when a petition for child visitation or custody is made, child support may be ordered. The specific amount of child support ordered will be based on an assessment of the well being of the child.

A fixed percent of the parent’s net resources is typically awarded to child support, up to a maximum of $8,550 a month. Percentages of the parents’ net resources for child support determined by the Texas State Legislature are:

  • 20% for 1 child
  • 25% for 2 children
  • 30% for 3 children
  • 35% for 4 children

When the case involves more than four children, the amount is not less than 40% of the parent’s net resources.

What are some of the factors that affect the amount of child support that I will receive for my child?

The judge appointed to your case will discretely determine the amount of child support that you will be awarded, based upon the circumstances of your case and the factors listed in the Texas Family Code. It is imperative that you clearly convey your wishes and expenses to the court. Some of the factors that may affect the amount of child support that you receive include, but are not limited to:

  • The best interest of the child
  • Circumstances of the child’s parents
  • Travel expenses for visitations
  • Employee benefits of the parents such as company cars or housing
  • The age and needs of the child
  • Educational expenses, care, and health of the child
  • Available financial resources for child support
  • Alimony

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed BurnettTurner attorney.

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