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Determining child support with kids in multiple households

For many that divorce in San Antonio, the dream of finding love again and remarrying may be very much alive. However, as we at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. have seen, doing so can potentially complicate matters for those paying child support. Yet if you do remarry and find yourself having to support children in multiple households, the law does allow you to revisit your original child support agreement.

As you may already know, the Texas Family Code states that your child support obligation could be up to 40 percent of your net resources if you support five or more children. That may leave little left for yourself and anyone else you may be obligated to provide for. If you find yourself supporting more than one household, the court may apply one of two new computations to determine a new child support amount. The first determined using the following method:

  •          The court considers the total amount you would owe under the standard schedule were all of the children you support living in the same home.
  •          That amount is then divided by the total number of children covered under your child support agreement, then multiplied by the number that are not.
  •          The resulting credit amount is then subtracted from your total net resources.
  •          The standard schedule guidelines for the number of children you have before the court are then applied to your adjusted net resources.

The second method is to apply adjusted percentages to your total net resources according to the number of children you have before the court compared to any others that you may support. That calculation table is listed in Section 154.129 of the Texas Family Code.

You can find more information on how child support is determined by continuing to explore our site. 

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