The amount of child support in Texas that a non-custodial parent pays is capped at a certain percentage of his or her income. There are a lot of factors that determine the amount, though. These Texas child support guidelines are generally what the court uses to set the amount.
However, a higher amount can be ordered if there is evidence presented that it is in the best interests of the child. Some of the factors that might indicate a need for “above guidelines support” include:
— Higher support is needed to maintain the child’s lifestyle to which he or she has become accustomed.
— A child with special needs that requires extensive medical care or therapy.
— A child that needs counseling in order to cope with the changes divorce or other major life event brings.
Child support orders are in effect until a child graduates from high school or reaches 18 years old, whichever is later. Modifications to child support can be sought by either parent when circumstances warrant such changes. For example, the non-custodial parent might lose his or her job and be unable to make child support payments. The custodial parent may need more support to care for a child due to changes in his or her household.
Texas requires all children to be covered under a health insurance policy. Traditionally, it is the parent that pays support that provides the health insurance; however, the court can require the custodial parent to provide it instead.
Child support cases can be acrimonious, so it’s important that emotions do not cloud your judgment. Our experienced family law attorneys can help keep matters focused on the final goal of doing what is in the best interests of the child. To learn more about how we can help, take a moment to review our child support webpage.