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Helping You Understand & Navigate the Child Support Process

Child support is a court-ordered payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. In Texas, child support is typically paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent, although there are exceptions to this rule. The amount of child support a parent is required to pay is determined by the court and is based on a number of factors, including the parents' income, the child's needs, and more.

At Coker, Robb & Cannon, Family Lawyers, we understand that child support is a sensitive and often contentious issue. Our Fort Worth child support lawyers are here to help you navigate the process and work toward a fair and favorable outcome. Whether you are seeking child support or are the parent who will be required to pay, we can help.

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Child Support Laws in Texas

As we mentioned earlier, child support is a court-ordered payment, and both parents have certain legal rights and obligations. It is typically paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. The court will determine the amount of child support the noncustodial parent is required to pay based on the state's guidelines. The noncustodial parent will then be required to make these payments to the custodial parent.

Child support laws in Texas are complex. The state has specific guidelines that are used to determine the amount of child support a parent is required to pay. However, these guidelines are not always followed, and the court may deviate from them in certain situations.

Under Texas law, the following factors are used to determine child support:

  • The parents' income
  • The child's needs
  • The child's age
  • The child's health
  • The child's educational needs
  • The child's standard of living before the divorce
  • The parents' financial resources
  • The parents' financial obligations
  • The parents' debts
  • The parents' assets
  • The amount of time the child spends with each parent

These are just a few of the many factors that may be considered when determining child support. The court has the discretion to consider any relevant factor when making a decision.

Child support payments can be made in a variety of ways. In some cases, the noncustodial parent will be required to make payments directly to the custodial parent. In other cases, the payments may be made through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit (TxCSDU). This is a state-run organization that collects and disburses child support payments. The TxCSDU can be used to make payments by mail, phone, or online.

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Child Support Calculation in Texas

Child support in Texas is calculated using a formula that takes into account the parents' income and the number of children they have. The formula is based on the Texas Child Support Guidelines, which are set by the state.

Under the Texas Child Support Guidelines, the noncustodial parent is typically required to pay:

  • 20% of their net income for one child
  • 25% of their net income for two children
  • 30% of their net income for three children
  • 35% of their net income for four children
  • 40% of their net income for five children
  • Not less than 40% of their net income for six or more children

These percentages are based on the noncustodial parent's net income, which is their income after taxes and other deductions. The court will also consider other factors when determining child support, such as the child's needs, the parents' financial resources, and more.

It is important to note that the Texas Child Support Guidelines only apply to parents who earn up to $9,200 per month. If the parents earn more than this amount, the court has the discretion to deviate from the guidelines and order a different amount of child support.

What Happens If You Don't Pay Child Support in Texas?

Child support is a court-ordered payment, and failing to make these payments can have serious consequences. If you do not pay child support, the custodial parent can take legal action to enforce the order.

The court has several options for enforcing child support orders, including:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Seizing your tax refund
  • Seizing your property
  • Placing a lien on your property
  • Suspending your driver's license
  • Suspending your professional license
  • Reporting the delinquency to credit bureaus
  • Contempt of court

If you are having trouble making your child support payments, it is important to take action right away. You may be able to request a modification of the child support order. However, you will still be required to make the payments until the court approves the modification.

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