Parents are obligated by Texas statute to provide financial, medical, and educational support for their children even after divorce and in situations where they do not reside with the child. The amount of support varies, depending on the child’s specific needs and the parent’s ability to meet those needs.
In Texas, the Texas Child Support Guidelines describe how child support is calculated. The first step is to calculate the paying parent’s income. The amount used to determine child support is the parent’s gross monthly income minus taxes, union dues (or other professional dues) and health insurance premiums paid on behalf of the children. The monthly income amount is capped by statute. The percentage of income paid to child support depends on the number of children.
Child support payments may be modified when the paying parent’s income decreases or increases significantly. Unless the child support order states otherwise, child support ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. If a paying parent fails to make payments then the court may take additional legal action to enforce the child support order.
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