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Paying Child Support

In Texas, child support is a relatively straightforward matter. The non-custodial parent pays child support based on income to the other parent until the child is 18 years old or graduates high school, whichever is later.

The McKinney child support attorneys at Nordhaus Walpole PLLC can assist in a variety of child support matters:

  • Filing for child support as part of an overall child custody plan during your divorce
  • Helping parents obtain late payments during times of stress (or from deadbeats)
  • Making sure income declarations for child support are honest and thorough
  • Establishing paternity through the courts as a basis for filing for child support
  • Modifying child support amounts in specific situations as allowed in Texas

Talk to our experienced attorneys to learn more about how to begin, respond to or enforce a claim for child support in Frisco and other nearby counties in Texas.

Determining Child Support Amounts

Child support is based on a net income calculation. This means we add up most kinds of income and then subtract certain other expenses to come up with a net amount of income. Next, we use a percentage scale based on how many children the parent has to pay for to determine the final dollar amount.

Some parents may try to hide income or may purposefully remain underemployed to avoid child support. If this is your situation, please let us know immediately. The courts do not look kindly upon this sort of behavior and it may even impact custody or visitation.

Eligible income in Texas covers most forms of income, including temporary income or one-time payments stemming from the following:

  • Salary or hourly wages
  • Overtime pay
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Tips
  • Interest
  • Dividends
  • Rental income
  • Royalty income
  • Trust income
  • Retirement income
  • Disability income
  • Prizes, such as contests or lottery winnings
  • Gifts from personal or professional contacts
  • Alimony from any previous marriages 

Subtractions include Social Security taxes, federal income taxes, union dues and health insurance premiums or other medical expenses for the child if the court orders the parent to pay them.

The final figure is the parent’s annual net income, which is divided by 12 for a monthly income, even if the money doesn’t necessarily come in even amounts throughout the year.

That monthly income amount is multiplied by a percentage to determine the final monthly child support payment amount.

Number of children Percentage of income
1 100%
2 100%
3 20%
4 80%
5 100%

In instances where the parent paying child support pays for children who live in more than one household due to multiple relationships or because of other custody arrangements, Texas provides a different set of guidelines.

By working closely together, we will be able to help you understand how these rules may impact your situation.

Child Support Enforcement

Unfortunately, some parents do not satisfy their child support obligations for a number of reasons. In those cases, we are able to file with the courts to enforce the child support order.

Our recourse options may include wage garnishment in cases where direct payments were being made, seizing or freezing access to certain accounts or interception of tax refunds or lottery winnings.

We may be able to get the court to punish the other parent by suspending passports, driving licenses, certain professional licenses, even fishing or firearm licenses in some cases. If the court determines contempt, this may include stiff fines in addition to repayment responsibilities and prison time.

The child support attorneys at Nordhaus Walpole PLLC bring years of experience to assist you in navigating filings, enforcements, modifications and more, so that your child gets what he or she needs.

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