How Much Child Support Will You Pay or Receive?

Child support payments are often a critical issue in divorce cases filed in the Conroe or Houston Family Law Courts. The parent with custody wants the support payments high enough to help with the costs of raising the child(ren) and the parent without custody wants to be sure the payments are being used for the child(ren). Fortunately, Texas Law provides a starting point for determining child support amounts for cases in Houston and Conroe.

The table below shows the amounts the Court initially considers fair. One critical element your Conroe Divorce Lawyer will work on is determining the Obligor’s “Net Resources.” If the “Net Resources” is higher then the support order will be higher, if the “Net Resources” are lower then the support order will be lower.  We will go over exactly what items go into “Net Resources” at a later time. If the Obligor’s monthly “Net Resources” do not exceed $7,500 then these guidelines apply. If the monthly “Net Resources” do exceed $7,500 then different rules apply.

Number of Children % of Obligor’s Net Resources
1 20
2 25
3 30
4 35
5 40
6+ No less than 40%

These are guidelines for child support in Houston and Conroe. If the Court strictly follows these guidelines its support order is presumed reasonable and in the best interests of the child(ren). This presumption makes it very difficult to successfully appeal an order you do not agree with. Although presumed reasonable, the law does allow the Court to determine that applying the Guidelines in your case may be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances. Speak with a Conroe Divorce Lawyer today if you need help with your child support issue.

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