If you are receiving or paying child support, and you need an attorney, talk to Attorney Tobie Kuykendall.  She can help you get child support started, get your payments changed, and argue your case in court.  Whether you are paying or receiving support, Attorney Tobie Kuykendall can help.

In general, child support is paid by one parent to the other to help care for their shared children.  Child support can be confusing for many people who are not accustomed to dealing with it, so we’ve shared some of the important concepts below. These rules apply equally whether the parents are married, divorced, or have never been married.

How Long Does Child Support Last?

Child support can be ordered by a court for any child until they turn 18 or graduate from high school, whichever is later. If the child is disabled, under the legal definition, they can continue to receive child support even after they turn 18. If the child is already 18, but still in high school, child support may be extended through the month they graduate.

How Much Will I Owe (Or Be Paid) For Child Support?

The most important factor in determining how much should be paid in child support is the obligor’s “gross resources.” This includes all income, interest, royalties, dividends, and rental income – any money that the obligor makes. The gross resources are then reduced by certain deductions (taxes paid, union dues, and health insurance), and what is left is the obligor’s “net resources.”

The standard child support payment is a straight percentage of your monthly net resources, as follows:

  • For one child: 20%
  • For two children: 25%
  • For three children: 30%
  • For four children: 35%
  • For five children: 40%
  • For six or more children: 40% or more

This percentage applies to net resources up to an $8,550 cap.  That means that if you make more than $8,550, the maximum child support a court can order should be:

  • For one child: $1,710
  • For two children: $2,137.50
  • For three children: $2,565
  • For four children: $2,992.50
  • For five children: $3,420
  • For six or more children: $3,420 or more

If you make under $8,550 per month in net resources, you calculate child support payments by taking the percentage of your monthly income that corresponds to how many children you support.  For instance, supporting three children with monthly net resources of $3,000 would mean monthly child support payments should be about $900.

What if I Can’t Afford To Pay Child Support?

Failing to pay child support can land you in jail. Texas laws punish people who fail to pay. If you find payments excessive, it is very important that you do not give up or quit paying. Instead, talk to Attorney Tobie Kuykendall about your payments, she may be able to assist with getting your payments reduced. For instance, changes in your salary may qualify for a change in child support orders. Even if payments have gotten too costly, whatever you do, do not stop paying. Always pay something and seek help from an attorney.

Defend Your Rights If You Are Receiving or Paying Child Support

Whether you are receiving or paying child support, if your rights and interests are not being represented, you need an attorney who can fight for you. Contact the Law Offices of Tobie Kuykendall to get in touch with our child support attorney in Austin. The best way to get started is to schedule a free consultation with Tobie. Contact us today to request a day and time.

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