Family Law Services
The State of Texas takes child support as a very serious matter, and they expect the parents to fulfill their legal obligation to financially support their children.
Child support is paid by the Obligor, aka the non-custodial parent, who is the one who has the least amount of time with the child. There are some instances though, where the court will order both parents to pay.
How is it Calculated?
The amount of payment for child support is base from a percentage of the Obligor’s net resources which can be estimated by a schedule the state provides as a guideline:
- 1 child = 20% of net resources
- 2 children = 25% of net resources
- 3 children = 30% of net resources
- 4 children = 35% of net resources
- 5 children = 40% of net resources
- 6+ children = no less than the amount for 5 children
How Can Child Support Be Changed?
Child support can only be changed by filing a new court order.
You may modify your child support order if:
- The order was established or modified three or more years ago
- Your current support order is less than 3 years old and the monthly amount ordered differs by 20% or $100 from the amount that would be awarded according to child support guidelines
- There is a substantial change in circumstances of the parents and or children
Need More Information?
If you’re associated with someone who’s failing to pay their child support, our firm will be happy to help you know your rights and proceed against the non-paying parent.