Under Texas law, all parents have a legal duty to financially support their children, regardless of whether they are present in the child’s life or not. Child support is legally mandated, periodic payments that are meant to offset the costs of a child’s general well being, from basic necessities to expenses associated with education and health care. Usually, the non-custodial parent pays child support to the parent who has primary custody and incurs most of the child’s living expenses. However, there are situations where both parents can be ordered by a judge to pay child support. Decisions regarding who must pay whom depend on who has physical custody of the child. The parent obligated to pay child support is referred to as the “obligor,” while the parent receiving payments is called the “obligee.”
Along with being imperative to a developing child’s health, education, and daily needs, child support may also significantly cultivate or deter a child’s future. This urgency is why the importance of child support payments—or lack thereof—cannot be underestimated. At Kirker Davis LLP, our child support lawyers have a combined multitude of understanding in family law and can provide an effective defense for those who are not receiving payments, or are involved in child support disputes.
Child support is only legally required until the child turns eighteen, graduates from high school, or is emancipated. The amount of child support that the court mandates depends on the child’s specific needs and the obligor’s level of income. These two factors are variable as time goes on, so a child support agreement may be modified to accommodate changes in the child’s needs or the obligor’s salary. You can calculate the amount of child support required from your net monthly income by following your state’s specific guidelines that outline such. In Texas, the guidelines are as follows:
The percentage quoted is if the obligor has no other children for whom they are paying support.
Usually, the non-custodial parent is also responsible for the child’s health insurance, unless it makes more sense for the parent with primary custody to provide a health insurance policy.
Kirker Davis LLP handles an assortment of child support and child custody cases throughout central Texas. We can lend the wisdom of our extensive experience on family law to help you receive the support and guidance that will best accommodate your family’s needs. Our child support services include, but are not limited to:
These agreements are expected to change according to fluctuating life circumstances, and our legal team can help facilitate changes in child support guidelines until the child is no longer financially dependent on a parent. However, if a child has additional needs from a physical or mental disability, child support may be required indefinitely.
Disputes and inconsistencies in child support payments can have the potential to hinder a dependent child’s well being. If you are not receiving the payments that your child needs to survive, or need to modify your agreement, don’t hesitate to contact our Austin child support lawyers of Kirker Davis LLP at (512) 598-0010 to discuss your case in more detail.