Going through the divorce process can be extremely difficult, especially if there are children involved. You may be forced to deal with issues involving spousal support, property division, child custody and parenting plans. In addition to these matters, the judge presiding over the case will set child support. Child support is designed to bridge the financial gap children and custodial parents go through when separating.
Texas follows a percentage of income model, which considers only the non-custodial parent’s income when determining child support. The amount of child support owed is based off this income, as well as several other factors. Other considerations include the following:
- The amount of time the child spends with each parent
- The ability of each parent to financially provide for the child
- The age and specific needs of the child
- Whether the child has any extenuating medical needs
- Any travel expenses associated with parenting exchanges
The non-custodial parent is also responsible for financially supporting children with any health care, dental, education and child care needs. It is crucial to keep the best interests of the child in mind. Yet, it is important to know that child support is not set in stone. A change in circumstances may constitute a change in the amount of child support that has been set in the divorce settlement. These life changes allow either parent to ask for a child support modification, depending on the circumstances surrounding the situation.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.