Determining child support payments during a divorce or separation can be an emotionally fraught and complex process. However, knowing how Texas law approaches this crucial issue can ease some of the uncertainty. At Rose Sanders Family Law, our dedicated attorneys, Erica Rose and Charles K. Sanders, draw on their wealth of experience to guide families through this challenging transition.
Erica Rose, a recipient of the prestigious Rising Star Super Lawyer award in 2023, is known for her compassionate, dedicated approach and unwavering commitment to her clients’ interests. Similarly, Charles K. Sanders brings a depth of understanding and a strategic approach to every case he handles.
Texas Child Support Guidelines: The Basics
In Texas, child support is calculated using a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income and the number of children for whom they have a duty to support. It’s crucial to understand that this percentage does not vary based on the custodial parent’s income.
The general guidelines set by the Texas Family Code are as follows:
- 20% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 30% for three children
- 35% for four children
- 40% for five children
- Not less than 40% for six or more children
This percentage is applied to the first $9,200 of the noncustodial parent’s monthly net resources.
Beyond the Basic Guidelines
While the percentages above provide a baseline, Texas law does allow for adjustments to these standard amounts in certain situations. The court may consider factors such as the child’s age and needs, child care expenses, health insurance costs, and the income of both parents. For instance, if the noncustodial parent has other children to support or the child has special needs that require additional financial resources, these circumstances could lead to an adjustment in the child support amount.
Moreover, if the noncustodial parent’s net monthly income exceeds $9,200, the court has the discretion to order additional child support if the needs of the children require it.
The Role of a Skilled Attorney
Navigating child support laws can be complex, but you don’t have to do it alone. Engaging a skilled family law attorney can make a world of difference. At Rose Sanders Family Law, we provide in-depth legal advice, tailored to your family’s unique situation.
Erica Rose’s award-winning advocacy ensures that your case is presented convincingly and compassionately, prioritizing the best interests of your children. Charles K. Sanders’ strategic approach ensures that all relevant factors are meticulously evaluated to achieve a fair outcome.
In conclusion, understanding child support amounts in Texas requires a thorough understanding of the guidelines and the ability to apply them to your specific circumstances. The expertise of Rose Sanders Family Law is here to guide you through this process and to fight for the best possible outcome for your family. Reach out to us at (713) 221-3773 to discuss your family law needs today.