Providing Answers About Child Support in Killeen, TX
During a divorce, one of the first questions you will be asked is about the child support arrangement. In Texas, child support is intended to provide the financial security that can preserve a child's standard of living and help them to grow and thrive in the future. Under Texas law, child support will last until the child turns 18, except in circumstances where the child is determined to have significant disability.
At the Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard, our Killeen child support lawyer has 20 years of experience. With extensive knowledge of Texas child support laws, we can help you with a variety of child support needs, including modification or enforcement of your existing child support order.
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When devising a child support arrangement during divorce proceedings, courts use a mathematical formula based on Texas state law guidelines. Based on the number of children, the formula applies a percentage of your monthly earnings to figure out what you will pay in child support. Currently, there is a cap of $8,550.
In divorce proceedings, Texas percentage guidelines for support are as follows:
- 1 child: 20% of monthly earnings, maximum of $1,710
- 2 children: 25% of monthly earnings, maximum of $2,137.50
- 3 children: 30% of monthly earnings, maximum of $2,565
- 4 children: 35% of monthly earnings, maximum of $3,097.50
- 5 children: 40% of monthly earnings, maximum of $3,420
- 6 children or more: no less than 40% of monthly earnings
Although there is a set mathematical formula used for figuring out support payments, the amount paid may be increased or decreased based on the children's needs. In many circumstances, the support allocated during your divorce may not be adequate.
If you need to increase or decrease payments, our qualified Killeen child support lawyer may be able to help you make a compelling case for a modification.
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