COURT ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT AND MODIFICATION OF SUPPORT
When a child support case is opened, the court will address how much child and medical support you will owe every month. The amount of child support you owe is set by Texas guidelines. If you can’t pay the full amount one month, it’s important to at least make a partial payment to show the court you are making an effort, as this may alleviate immediate consequences. If you fail to pay court-ordered child support, the OAG can collect past-due support with interest.
Amount of Child Support You Will Owe
The Texas guidelines for the amount of child support the non-custodial parent owes are:
• One child – 20% of net income
• Two children – 25% of net income
• Three children – 30% of net income
• Four children – 35% of net income
• Five or more children – 40% of net income
Even if the non-custodial parent is unemployed, the court will still order the parent to pay child support.
MODIFYING CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
Once you are ready to modify your agreement, you can begin developing a legal strategy. Though there may be any number of legitimate reasons to modify a support agreement, there are a few that are more commonly cited than others, including the following:
• The financial capabilities of one parent have significantly changed
• The child has greater financial need now than was originally accounted for
• The child no longer requires financial support from the paying parent