The dedicated legal team of Marx, Altman, & Johnson offers decades of experience in the practice of family law and the handling of child support cases in Fort Worth, Dallas, and surrounding areas. Parents can rely on lawyers who specialize in family law and the delicate areas of child custody and child support. As a parent, you must fight for the rights of your child during a divorce, and it is essential to work with a practicing lawyer to ensure those rights are protected.
How Does Texas Determine Child Support?
There are many gray areas that exist in the practice of family law, but child support is not generally considered one of those areas.
The state of Texas has created guidelines for determining how much child support should be paid. The calculations include consideration of the following:
- The net income of the payor
- Child care costs associated with work
- Health insurance costs
- Child support already paid to other children
However, the court may take other factors into consideration when setting a child support amount, so it is not possible to determine a parent’s child support obligation until the court has made its decision. Each child and family situation is different, and there are other factors that the court may consider in certain cases.
For example, some children may have unusual needs that require consideration for more support. The best way to ensure the best interests of the child are decided upon by the court is to work with an experienced legal team like Marx, Altman, & Johnson.
When You are Asked to Pay Child Support
If you are a parent who must pay child support, there are some earnings you may deduct from the total amount the court will consider for your child support payments.
Those deductions include:
- All Social Security withholdings
- All federal income tax withholdings (as if you were filing as a single with one exemption)
- Medical insurance premiums paid for your children (not including you or your spouse)
Once these subtractions have been made from your gross income, you will be left with the amount of your “net resources.” It is this dollar amount that the court will generally use to determine your child support payments. Those payments will usually range from 20 percent for one child to 35 percent for four children or more.
Texas also employs a net resource cap of $8,550 a month, which means there is a maximum amount of child support a person may need to pay, even if he or she makes more than $8,550 a month in income. The cap would translate to a maximum child support payment of $2,137.50 a month for two children.
Ensuring Child Support Payments are Paid
In addition to the valuable representation you will receive during the court case that will decide your child support payments, a family law attorney is also an essential ally for ensuring those child support payments are paid. While there are government officials in the State of Texas who are tasked with enforcing payments, a lawyer is often a stronger advocate for enforcing your child support rights.
Also, it is important that a parent does not rely on the state’s rules on child support payments because the court does have some leeway in determining payments. The guidelines are helpful for ensuring children receive an appropriate amount, but a child support lawyer is the most important ally a parent can have during a lawsuit.
Call on Marx, Altman & Johnson
Are you facing a child custody battle or a child support lawsuit in Dallas, Fort Worth, or surrounding areas? Marx, Altman, & Johnson provides expert representation for parents seeking child support lawyers. We understand the rules for child custody and child support in Texas, and you can rest assured you will receive valuable representation with Marx, Altman, & Johnson.
Contact our legal team today with your questions and concerns about child custody, child support, or any other facet of family law in Fort Worth, Dallas, and surrounding areas.