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Dallas Child Support Lawyer
Helping You Understand Dallas Child Support Payments and Your Rights
Child support is the ongoing obligation to provide financial care and support to a child after a relationship ends. It is based on the legal duty that both parents are obligated to financially support their child, even when a child is not living with both parents. This issue arises most often after a divorce, where the parent without primary physical child custody will be obligated to provide monthly child support payments.
At O'Neil & Attorneys in Dallas, we have extensive experience representing both mothers and fathers in child support cases. To speak to a compassionate and relentless family law attorney about your child support issues, call us today at 972-499-4558 or toll free at 866-959-4330.
Texas Child Support Laws
Under Texas law, child support is determined according to the "net resources" of the obligor, the parent who is obligated to pay. Net resources include not only salary and wages but other available financial resources such as rental income, trust income and gift income.
When the obligor has children from only one relationship, child support will be based on a percentage of the obligor's income and the number of children:
- 20 percent for one child
- 25 percent for two children
- 30 percent for three children
- 35 percent for four children
- 40 percent for five or more children
When the obligor has children from multiple relationships, the calculation of child support becomes considerably more complex. Either way, the obligation to pay child support ends on the child's eighteenth birthday or graduation from high school, whichever comes last. However, if a child is enrolled in a program leading to a high school diploma, child support will continue after the age of 18.
To straightforward child support proceedings to more complex cases involving children from multiple relationships, we have the skills and resources to protect your rights. Contact us today to speak to a lawyer.