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Child Support in Texas is largely statutory. The amount a parent pays in child support is determined by that parent’s net income and the number of that parent’s children. For high earners, there is typically a cap on how much child support a person will pay. If a person’s net income exceeds the cap, the court looks to other factors that reflect the child’s proven needs to award above-cap child support.
Child support is typically paid through the Attorney General of Texas. This streamlines and automates the child support process to minimize conflict between parents. Sometimes the lawyers for the Attorney General will need to be involved in a case, and I am happy to work with them. Periodically, child support can be modified when the needs of the child and the income of the payor change. Whether you pay or receive child support, I will explain the law and how it applies to you.
Although Texas does not award spousal support as commonly as in many other states, there are circumstances where it is appropriate and necessary. Some of the important factors a court will consider include the ability of the person’s ability to provide for their own minimum reasonable needs, the length of the marriage, and marital misconduct of various forms. If you believe you need financial support post marriage, I can help you evaluate your eligibility in an initial consultation.