BASIC CHILD SUPPORT LAWS FOR TEXAS

In custody cases, the court can make the determination of parental responsibilities. Under Texas Family Code a court can order either the custodial parent or noncustodial parent or both parents to support a child:
• until the child is 18 years of age or until graduation from high school, whichever occurs later;
• until the child is emancipated through marriage, through the removal of the disabilities of minority by court order
• until the death of the child; or
• if the child is disabled

A Child support order terminates on:
• the marriage of the child;
• the removal of the child’s disabilities for general purposes;
• the death of the child;
• a finding by a court that the child is 18 years of age or older and has failed to comply with the enrollment or attendance requirements
• the issuance of an order terminating the parent-child relationship between the obligor and the child based on the results of genetic testing, or
• if the child enlists in the armed forces of the United States.

Child support obligations are based on a parent’s net resources, which includes:
• 100 percent of all wage and salary income and other compensation for personal services (including commissions, overtime pay, tips, and bonuses);
• Interest, dividends, and royalty income;
• Self-employment income;
• Net rental income; and
• All other income actually being received, including severance pay, retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains.

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