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Child Support

Your children are the most important part of your life, but they are expensive. Most every non-custodial parent of a child under 18 owes child support, but it can be hard to actually obtain each month. We can help you withhold earnings from the obligor's paycheck each month and check to see if your child support amount is the maximum allowed. 

 

Our child support practice includes:

  • Determining initial support based on 20% of the obligor's net resources

  • Modifying (raising or lowering) child support amounts

  • Disputing child support fees or arrearages with the other side or the Office of the Attorney General

  • Registering out of state support orders to be used in Texas

  • And more!

Child support can be calculated a number of ways, but essentially looks at a few important factors:

  1. Monthly Resources

  2. Deductions

  3. Amount of Children Before AND Not Before the Court

1. MONTHLY RESOURCES

What does “Resources” include?

a. 100 percent of all wage and salary income and other compensation for personal services (including commissions, overtime pay, tips, and bonuses)

b. Interest, dividends, and royalty income

c. Self-employment income.

d. Net rental income (defined as rent after deducting operating expenses and mortgage payments, but no including noncash items such as depreciation)

e. All other income actually being received, including severance pay, retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security benefits other than supplemental security income, United States Department of Veteran Affairs disability benefits other than non-service connected disability pension benefits, as defined by 39 U.S.C. Section 101(17), unemployment benefits, disability and worker’s compensation benefits, interest income from notes regardless of the source, gifts and prizes, spousal maintenance, and alimony.

f. Child support received by obligor for children not the subject of the suit.

 

“Resources” DO NOT Include:

a. Return on principal or capital

b. Accounts Receivable

c. Benefits paid in accordance with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or another federal public assistance program

d. Payments for foster care of a child.

2. DEDUCTIONS

Deductions from resources to determine NET resources available for child support:

a. Social security taxes

b. Federal income tax based on tax rate for a single person claiming

one personal exemption and the standard deduction

c. State income tax

d. Union dues

e. Expenses for health insurance coverage for obligor’s child

Have questions? Call our attorneys at (325) 232-8218  to schedule a consultation!