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When a divorce involves children, one of the most important parts of the process is to determine the amount of child support that will be paid. In Texas, there are specific guidelines that courts use to calculate the payments. In order to ensure that your child receives the maximum amount, an experienced Sugar Land child support lawyer will help you locate and account for all the types of assets the judge will want to consider.
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Texas child support laws recently changed. For divorces filed after September 1, 2007, the court will take into account the first $7,500 of "net resources" when calculating support. That is an increase from the $6,000 that was used under the old law.
On a basic level, child support payments are determined by the following guidelines:
- One child: 20 percent of net resources
- Two children: 25 percent of net resources
- Three children: 30 percent of net resources
- Four children: 35 percent of net resources
- Five children: 40 percent of net resources
- Six or more children: at least 40 percent, perhaps more
The term "net resources" has a specialized legal meaning. It is not simply gross income. When you consult an experienced Sugar Land child support lawyer at Richard T. Bell & Associates, P.C., we will explain how the law applies to your specific situation. We can also help you with modifying a support order if circumstances have changed.
Contact a Texas Child Support Attorney
Our Sugar Land child support lawyer is ready to help you protect your rights and your child's best interests. To discuss issues regarding child support, child custody and visitation agreements, call 832-500-7568 or contact us online.