Child Support

There are more than 13 million divorced parents with sole custody of their minor children in America. Federal legislation and uniform state laws exist to make enforcement and collection of child support easier for America's single parents. Every state uses its own guidelines for establishing child support and each has various methods to set support amounts and recover support when it is overdue.

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We can determine the correct amount of child support you should be paid, if you have an existing order whether it should be increased, or if you have lost your job what your new child support amount should be.

In Texas, the court will determine what your average gross monthly income is for the person responsible for paying child support.  Typically a court will determine this by looking at your last few months of paycheck stubs, or by looking at your past year tax returns or a combination of both.  Once the gross monthly amount is determined we would need to apply the appropriate deductions under the federal tax code, Medicare, and social security that would be subtracted from your gross amount. If you pay for the health insurance for your child, you will get to deduct the child's amount from the gross amount.  This net number will used to compute the child support amount. In Texas, it is presumed that we will use the formula in the family code for the obligor's (the person paying child support) monthly net resources that are not greater than $8,550.  A percentage will then be applied to your net resources based upon the number of children you have:

1. child-20%

2. children-25% and so on...up to 40% of the obligor's Net Resources.  

This amount may be adjusted depending upon if you have other children that you are providing support to so be sure to discuss this with an experienced attorney. 

 It is important to consult with an experienced divorce and family law attorney if you need help with a child support related issue. An attorney with experience in the area of child support will help you understand the laws in Texas and the rules for child support collection and enforcement that apply to your particular situation, whether you are ending a marriage or are already divorced, have questions about paternity, or are the parent paying support.

Contact us in Lewisville, Texas, to talk to one of our lawyers about family law, divorce, and other legal issues. We also have offices in Denton, Denton, Frisco, Plano, and Ft. Worth.  The Frisco, Plano, and Ft. Worth offices are by appointment only. Contact us now at 972-353-4600 or also visit us at www.thewrightlawyers.com