Any matter of child custody rarely fails to include child support. With more than half of marriages ending in divorce, many children need child support from their non-custodial parent.
This also holds true with unwed parents, who share a child together. Both have certain obligations to fulfill as parents.
Many people are obligated to make child support payments every month. But just how much should those payments be?
It differs from person to person and depends on the amount of income earned. In the state of Texas, the non-custodial parent of a child is required to pay child support. How much is contingent upon a number of factors. Those factors include the non-custodial parent’s net income, net resources and any other resources. It also includes the number of children the non-custodial parent is currently supporting.
Those non-custodial parents making an income of $8,500 a month or less are responsible of paying out 20% of that income if they are paying support for one child. The number jumps up to 25% for two children and then up to 30% for three children. The scale increases to 35% for four children and 40% for five children. Parents with six or more children have to pay out no less than 40%.
If a non-custodial parent pulls in a monthly income of more than $8,500, a higher amount of payments can be ordered by the court.
Those numbers are not permanent and can be subject to change. Should a change or termination of employment occur, there can be modifications made to the child support order. A raise or drop in salary could also prompt the need to make some modification,
If you find yourself on either end in this kind of circumstance, it is advisable to seek counsel from a family attorney.
John A. Hixson, Attorney at Law, can point you in the right direction when it comes time to handle your child support case. Hixson Law Firm will work toward getting you the most favorable results. Residents of Arlington, Mansfield and Grand Prairie now have a qualified child support attorney they can trust.