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Determining Fair Child Support Agreements
In a divorce, one of the most important areas of the final divorce decree involves child support. Texas law mandates that the parent without physical custody pay child support to the custodial parent. These payments provide financial security for the children and ensure their needs always come first, just as they would if the couple was still married.
The Ramage Law Group can help you determine fair child support agreements that fulfill Texas state laws and are workable for both custodial and noncustodial parents. We are child support lawyers for fathers and mothers.
Texas Child Support Basics
The state of Texas begins the process of calculating child support by asking two questions: what is the income of the noncustodial parent (the obligor), and how many children did the couple have together?
The state’s child support formula is based on net income or resources. Some items that may be exempted from net income include:
- Business capital funds
- Mandatory retirement fund payments
- Public assistance payments
- Foster care child payments
Once a net income/resource amount has been established, state law requires the obligor to pay the following in child support:
- One child – 20 percent of net resources
- Two children – 25 percent of net resources
- Three children – 30 percent of net resources
- Four children – 35 percent of net resources
- Five children – 40 percent of net resources
- Six or more children – not less than 40 percent of obligor’s net resources
The court overseeing your divorce must approve the child support payment amount.
Challenging Or Enforcing A Support Order
Once an amount has been established in a divorce decree, it is not necessarily permanent. Noncustodial parents may challenge the amount if their income situation changes or a host of other factors are present. Custodial parents who are not receiving child support from their ex-spouse can approach the court to have the order enforced. Regardless of which side of an enforcement order you find yourself on, our child support lawyers can advise you of your rights and help you file the proper paperwork.
Providing Hope And Assistance In Child Support Matters
Our legal team of divorce attorneys can create custom-fit solutions to child support disputes that benefit your children and meet your own needs. To discuss your options, call us at 469-207-1079 or use our online contact form. Our firm works with clients across the north Dallas metro area, including Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Allen, Texas.