Going through the process of a divorce is an experience most people would rather avoid. But when a couple has decided to divorce and there are children involved the process can introduce a dynamic which often becomes contentious. If you are the non-custodial parent, you probably have some concerns regarding what you might be ordered to pay for child support. There are any number of horror stories out there, however, you should know each person’s experience in regards to how much they are ordered to pay is different.
Determining Which Standard to Apply
When a court in the state of Texas orders child support it is calculated using a specific set of guidelines which establish a minimum amount of child support, however, there is a host of factors the court can consider which could cause it to deviate from the basic minimum. The Net monthly income of the obligor determines how the guidelines are applied. The standards may be applied one or two ways. If the obligor has a net monthly income less than $7,500.00 the first standard will be applied. If the obligor’s monthly net income is greater than $7,500.00 the second standard will be applied.
Deviating from the Guidelines
In cases where the court determines the set guidelines are not appropriate or are unjust, it may deviate if there is enough evidence to show that the deviation is in the best interest of the child. The court may consider any number of statutory factors, and anything else it deems relevant. Factors include, but are not limited to:
- The amount of time a parent has access to and possession of the child
- The needs of the child
- The age of the child
- The ability each parent has to contribute to the support of the child
- The availability of financial resources to support the child
- Extraordinary or specialized education
- Healthcare expenses
- Any other expense relating to the care of the child
Medical Child Support
It should be noted medical child support is awarded in addition to the financial needs of children in the state of Texas. There are a number of factors the court will consider when making a determination regarding which parent will be responsible for maintaining health insurance for the child.
The laws pertaining to child custody and support are complex and can be difficult to understand. When it comes to the health and welfare of your children, you need an attorney who has the experience to not only navigate you through the process of your divorce, you need one who will hear, and validate any concerns you may have. Attorney Alison Grant has provided compassionate legal services to people in Lewisville and surrounding Texas communities since 1998. She is a fierce advocate for every client she represents. Attorney Grant understands communication plays a major role in her ability to work with her clients to help them achieve resolution in their case. Attorney Grant strives to provide her clients with information pertaining to their case and its progression.
If you need an attorney to assist you with your divorce and issues relating to child support, contact attorney Grant at 972-434-0021. You may also fill out the contact form on her website and one of her team members will contact you.