After a divorce concludes, each parent still maintains their responsibility to take care of their child financially. In Texas, this responsibility is upheld through child support agreements created by the family law court. The parent that is not granted primary child custody will, in most cases, be ordered through the agreement to pay monthly installments of child support to the other parent.
If you think that you should receive child support payments after your divorce but your spouse is not cooperating, talk to O’Neil Wysocki Family Law and our Denton child support attorneys for responsive legal representation. With our decades of collective legal experience handling family law disputes in Denton, Dallas, and throughout Texas, we can ensure that a fair child support amount is established, whether you are paying or receiving it.
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A typical child support order persists until the child graduates from high school or turns 18, whichever occurrence happens second. Texas also has created a base guideline of income percentages to follow in a child custody case, allowing faster resolution of conflicts and easier calculations. Put simply, the more children a divorced couple shares together, the greater percentage of the payer’s total income will be given to the receiver.
The percentage breakdown is:
While these percentages are can be useful, they are generalized. Texas law allows room for adjustments based on the unique circumstances of each divorce and each family’s needs and expectations. For example, a child with special needs can be expensive to raise and the court might order the payer to give more than 20% of his or her income to the other, primary custodian.
Factors that can influence the final percentage paid in child support include:
Not sure where to begin when trying to calculate your child support agreement in a way that does not cripple you or your spouse financially but also ensures your child will be happy and healthy? You are certainly not alone, as this is a common area of conflict and complication in most divorces. Let our Denton family lawyers help you sort through your finances, understand the needs of your child, and present it in an argument the court will want to uphold.
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