Brandon Young Bell

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Child support

The Texas Family Code creates the presumption that "guideline" child support is in the best interest of the child. "Guideline" child support starts at 20% of net resources of the payor/obligor for one child where the payor/obligor is not responsible for other children. In arriving at net resources, the payor/obligor should deduct from his resources social security taxes, Federal Income Tax (more specifically defined in Family Code), State Income Tax (Texas does not have a state income tax), Union Dues, and Expenses for Health Insurance Coverage for Obligor's Child. The court may order child support payments in an amount other than "guideline" support if there is evidence that a variance would be in the best interest of the child.

From a practical standpoint, child support is not something that the "non-custodial" parent is likely to avoid. Even with no evidence of obligor parent's income, there exists a presumption that the parent should pay "guideline" child support based on federal minimum wage. This can apply even though the parent is unemployed. Also, the child support division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas has a great deal of power in enforcing a child support order.

Brandon Young Bell

Areas of Practice
  • Family Law