According to Texas law, each parent must financially support their children—whether the parents are married, living separately, or divorced. The amount of child support is often a contentious issue in a divorce or child custody case since parents need to pay a significant amount of the child’s expenses.
At Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP, we can ensure you pay or receive the correct amount of monthly child support—whether your case is resolved through mediation or court litigation. Our Pearland child support lawyers have more than 30 years of combined legal experience helping clients get the best possible results in their family law cases.
The parent responsible for paying child support is the “obligor,” while the parent who receives the payment is the “obligee.” The former is typically the noncustodial parent.
The child support guidelines in Texas are applied based on each parent’s net monthly income, which includes all wages (e.g. hourly pay, salary, commissions, overtime, tips, and bonuses). If a parent is currently unemployed, the court may obtain payments through other means (e.g. retirement pay, unemployment benefits, social security benefits, etc.).
After calculating the total income, you subtract money paid for federal and state income taxes, social security taxes, and the amount of money used to pay the child’s health insurance in order to determine the net income. Then divide the number by 12 to calculate the net monthly income.
The obligator often pays child support according to the following percentages:
If the paying parent withholds monthly child support payments, our legal team can enforce the court order to ensure he/she repays any missed payments. If you are interested in lowering or increasing a child support order, we can help you file for a modification.
For more information about child support in Pearland, contact us immediately.
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