Houston Child Support Lawyers
When parents separate, the individual retaining primary custody of the children may be owed a certain amount of money for their care and well-being. This child support is a fixed figure initially determined by the courts. In the state of Texas, the courts will consult support guidelines to calculate the monetary value of a child support order, taking into account factors such as the parents’ respective incomes, the amount of children the primary custodian is caring for, and what the other parent can reasonably provide given his or her financial situation.
Calculating Child Support Amounts
Child support figures in Texas generally follow several major guidelines unless there are outstanding circumstances that warrant changes. The amount a parent may receive largely depends on his or her financial needs, meaning that most forms of income will be considered in the process of determining support amounts, including wages, benefits, and stock dividends.
The following are some of the person’s primary financial obligations that are then deducted from this gross income:
- Federal income taxes for one person with one personal deduction plus the standard deduction
- Social Security withholdings
- The premium expenses of a child’s medical insurance
When this amount is divided into net monthly resources, a parent may expect to receive the following percentage of that figure in child support:
- 20% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 30% for three children
- 35% for four children
- 40% for five children
- Not under 40% for six or more children
This amount is capped and may then be adjusted depending on the exact circumstances of both parents’ finances.
If you’re facing a child support case, you may want experienced legal assistance when working through this frustrating, often complicated legal process. Our skilled legal advisors may be able to give you the legal support and confidence you need to handle your child support case. For more information about our family law services, contact the lawyers of Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler at (713) 802-1777 today.