Austin Child Support Lawyer
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The State of Texas wants to ensure that every child receives proper financial and parental support, so the Texas Legislature has established child support guidelines that govern how much money a parent without primary conservatorship or custody must pay to the primary custodial parent. If you are a parent who is going through the child support process, Newberry Law, P.L.L.C. can help. Contact us today to arrange your consultation.
How is Child Support Determined?
Child support is based on statutory guidelines that use factors such as the number of children, net income and a child’s special needs to determine the amount.
Number of Children: The amount of child support you are expected to pay will be based on your income and the total number of children you are supporting. Texas judges have full authority to order child support that differs from the state guidelines. But without proof that additional support (or less support) is in the best interests of the child, the following state child support amounts will be ordered:
- One child = 20% of your net pay
- Two children = 25% of your net pay
- Three children = 30% of your net pay
- Four or more children = 35% of your net pay or more as determined by the court
Texas child support guidelines do take into consideration children you have with other partners by reducing the amount of child support you have to pay.
Upper Income: In most cases, $8,550.00 a month is the maximum amount of net income considered for child support calculations. When the parent who is to pay the child support has historically made more than $8,550.00 net income per month, and the child has grown accustomed to such a lifestyle and advantages such as private school, the amount of support that would typically be ordered under the guidelines may be inadequate to maintain the child’s current needs. In such cases, Newberry Law, P.L.L.C. will take a case to court to request an increase in support payments over and above the $8,550.00 net income cap. Newberry Law, P.L.L.C. has been successful in cases in which the children were entitled to more child support because they had grown accustomed to a more advantaged lifestyle. On the other hand, Newberry Law, P.L.L.C. has litigated cases in which the child support under the guidelines was too high, and has successfully lowered child support to under the guideline amount.
Disability: Child support typically ends at age 18 or when the child graduates from high school, whichever is last, but if your child is disabled or becomes disabled and is unable to care for himself or herself, parents are required to support the child for as long as the child needs support, no matter how old he or she is.
Modification of Child Support Order
Changes in primary custody and significant changes in income can warrant a request for child support modification. Our firm represents parents who want to request modifications as well as those who are contest proposed changes.
Our firm believes that adequate child support can be integral to your child’s well-being. Contact our firm to arrange your consultation and learn how we can help you.