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CHILD SUPPORT

Texas Family Code requires all parents to support their children and provides for one parent to pay the other parent his or her financial share for support of the child. The parent receiving the child support is responsible for making sure that needs such as clothing, housing, daycare, groceries, etc. are met. Child support also includes paying for health insurance and 50% of unreimbursed medical expenses.

When you and the other parent seperate, you may be concerned about how you are going to be able to afford the child on your own, so determining how to pay for children after the parents seperate is a primary issue which couples face.

Most families will have a traditional arrangement with the child primarily residing with one parent and visiting with the other parent under a Standard Possession Order or Expanded Standard Possession Order on weekends, holidays and extended time in the summer. However, today, more and more families are splitting possession time more equally.

Regardless of the visitation schedule, the Texas Family Code provides for State Guideline Support. The Texas Legislature has enacted guidelines which establish child support based upon the income of the obligor. The guidelines provide that child support will be 20% of the obligor’s net income for one child; 25% for two children; etc. A child support calculator can let you know what child support is most likely going to be Ordered by the court.


Most cases you’ll find follow child support legislative guidelines, however, in some rare cases, courts can depart from the guidelines for “good cause”. There are many reasons why a court might deviate from the guidelines and the court considers many factors when deciding whether to deviate from guideline support:
  • The age and needs of the child
  • Each parent’s respective ability to contribute to the child’s support
  • The child’s educational expenses beyond secondary school
  • Provisions for health insurance
  • Provisions for uninsured medical expenses
  • Extraordinary educational, health-care, or other expenses
  • Resources available for the child’s support
  • Managing conservatorship or possession of another child
  • Each party’s period of possession or access to the child
  • Travel costs for exercising possession and access to the child
  • Child-care expenses that allow gainful employment
  • The paying parent’s net resources
  • Cash flow from any personal property, i.e. businesses or investments
  • Debts assumed by either party
  • Other reasons taking into consideration the parents’ circumstances

Today, parents are opting to split costs of children in a manner that makes more sense for their child. Most courts permit this as long as it is in the child’s “best interest”. Most child support is paid through the Child Cupport Disbursement Unit in San Antonio. The state then sends the payment to the receiving parent.

As you can see there are many possibilities and options with respect to child support. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you negotiate child support in a manner that is in the “best interest” of the child and makes sense for your family.

To learn more about how child support will affect you contact our family law attorneys at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves today at 281-501-1558 to schedule a consultation or use the contact form on this page.


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