A Trusted Child Support Attorney in Spring & Tomball
Law Office of Bryan Fagan Places Your Child's Best Interests at the Forefront
Child support is a set, monthly payment that is paid by a non-custodial
spouse to a custodial spouse to provide for the regular expenses of the
children from a marriage. This allows a non-custodial spouse to fulfill
his or her parental duties.
In Texas, physical custody always determines who will pay child support.
The parent who has physical custody will always be the recipient parent
and the parent who does not have physical custody of the kids (regardless
of whether or not he or she has legal custody) will pay the child support
if ordered by the court.
Calculating Child Support
The courts calculate child support payments based on a percentage of the
non-custodial parent's income. You can estimate how much the state
will expect you to pay in minimum child support by doing a simple calculation.
The court will evaluate all wages, salary, commissions, tips, overtime
and bonuses as income for calculation purposes. This also includes any
government benefits, severance pay or retirement benefits. The courts
will also factor in alimony, gifts, prizes, and other costs. The court
will then affix a percentage which will be the amount you are required
to pay monthly for child support.
- For one child, the paying spouse is required to pay 20% of net resources monthly
- For two children, 25% is required
- For three children, 30% is required
- For four children, 35% is required
- Five children and more always require at least 40%
Need to contest a child support order?
Parents are permitted to pay more in child support if they wish to do so.
The percentages listed above simply signify the minimum amount they can
pay. Spouses have the liberty to challenge the amount (either seeking
less or more) in court. In order to effectively argue this point, you
will want a professional attorney focused on child support and advocating
for your child's best interests to represent you and develop a legally
recognized argument on your behalf.
Whether you are seeking support or you are resisting it,
The Law Office of Bryan Fagan can help. Don't hesitate to contact a Spring child support lawyer
firm today for more information. They are committed to providing
high-quality service for Texas couples looking to divorce.