Child Support

Texas takes child support very seriously. There are statutory guidelines that outline what percent of child support must be paid by the obligor (the parent obliged to pay). The amount to pay will be based upon how many children require support (20% for one child, 25% for two children and so on) and the net resources of the obligor. An obligor is obligated to pay child support from the first $9,200.00 of their net resources (wages and salary, among other things). The obligor can stop paying child support when the child turns 18, gets married, graduates high school, or is emancipated (provided the obligor is not in arrears).

Texas child support factors:

The factors a court will consider when setting child support are:

  • The best interests of the child
  • Whether one parent has custody of another child
  • The debts assumed by both parents
  • Whether a child has special healthcare or educational needs
  • The standard of living of the child during the marriage
  • Financial resources available for the support of the child

Speak with an Austin Family and Divorce Lawyer

We talk with our clients about their goals and various options in family and divorce cases. Our first goal is to collaborate and resolve things without courtroom battles, if possible, where amicable resolution is best for you or your children. Based in Austin, our family law attorneys practice primarily in Travis County, Texas. For more information, contact Deitchle + Simone.