Dallas Child Support Attorneys

Setting the Right Amount of Support for Your Child

Everyone acknowledges that it costs money to raise a child. During divorces, disputes often arise over exactly how much child support is necessary and fair. The Texas Family Code contains predetermined guidelines that outline how child support should be calculated. However, in certain situations the courts can set support above or below the statutory guideline support amount.

At the law firm of Palmer & Manuel in Dallas, Texas, we use our decades of experience to see that the appropriate amount of support is awarded during a divorce, paternity action or modification action.

The Child Support Guidelines

The Texas Family Code's guidelines are designed to apply to a noncustodial parent's monthly net income of $7,500 or less:

  • One child: 20% of the obligor's net income
  • Two children: 25% of the obligor's net income
  • Three children: 30% of the obligor's net income
  • Four children: 35% of the obligor's net income
  • Five children: 40% of the obligor's net income
  • Six or more children: Not less than 40% of the obligor's net income

The term "obligor" refers to the parent responsible for paying child support, which is almost always the parent who does not have primary possession of the child.

Deviations from the Child Support Guidelines

While the guidelines apply in the majority of situations, there are exceptions. Situations that may justify deviation from child support guidelines cases include those involving children in need of expensive medical care or children from other marriages. If the monthly net income of the obligor exceeds $7,500, the Court can order child support payments above the guidelines.

Our attorneys have extensive experience identifying situations that require stepping away from the guidelines so that outcomes are fair to children and their parents.

Learn More About Our Commitment to Providing Child Support Solutions

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