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All I can tell you is that Texas child support is pretty simple.The guidelines cover probably 90% of the cases and the judges follow them pretty strictly.I am a Texas lawyer for 26 years.Here is the guidelines and formula.Again I agree with you that the system has flaws but it is the current law
The Texas Family Code contains guidelines for the computation of child support. The guidelines are specifically designed to apply to situations in which the obligor's monthly net resources are $7,500.00 or less. In such cases, the court presumptively applies the following schedule:
If the Obligor has children from another relationship(s), the percentages listed above may be reduced.
If the obligor's net resources exceed $7,500.00 per month, the Court shall presumptively apply the above percentages to the first $7,500.00 of net resources. Without further reference to the percentage, the court may order additional amounts of child support. The court may not order the obligor to pay more child support than the presumptive amount (as calculated by multiplying the above applicable percentage times $7,500.00) or an amount equal to 100% of the proven needs of the child, whichever is greater.
Net resources is defined very broadly, and income can also be imputed to a party.
In addition to monthly child support payments, the payor is required to maintain the children on the payor's employment health insurance policy. If insurance is not available through the payor's employment, but is available through the payee's employment, the payor will be ordered to pay the premium costs. If insurance is not available through either parties' employment, the payor will be ordered to provide insurance coverage to the extent available and affordable. Additionally, the Court usually makes orders regarding the payment of deductibles and other uninsured expenses. All Orders dealing with child support must now be accompanied by an Order of Withholding. Medical Support Orders are now commonplace. The Withholding order, after presented to the payor's employer, has the Court-ordered child support deducted directly from the payor's paychecks.
The court can also order Payor to secure life insurance to cover the amount of child support that will become due until the child support obligation would terminate, which can be up to 18+ years.
No she will not but ultimately I think she knows that I do anything financially to give my kids a decent life and oppurtunity to succeed..Should I fill out paperwork the child support division has sent and requested or go to court..the child support division seems pretty invasive....and I do not know if i am legally bound to provide the info they are asking by mail....and will i be penalized by not filling out.....?
also looking at a guide to "Lower child support" from wagner & associates..not really trying to get out of anything I just think the system is sleighted unfair to non-custodial parents and when you have a good one they should not be punished by dollar amounts thier is so much more involved to raising good kids than Money....and I do not like giving up my hard earned money just because....the ex sees you are happily remarried and are able to afford some nice things in life because you remarried smartly and happily...and you share those things with your kids and she feels jealous because she cannot afford to have or do some of those things for your kids and the way too get back at you is get you for more money.
o.k so let me recap just to make sure I am getting this correct...I do not reply to Child support division, wait to be served with motion to modify, then hire a lawyer to review my case and take time to gather the facts, reset dates if neccessary and by that time they will be 18...No back support would be ordered for not responding to child support divison's request by mail date..? I am taking your not answering my question about wagner and associates guide as not wanting to discuss other law firms practices...I would understand that..
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