Many Texas couples pursuing a divorce encounter difficulties while trying to come to an agreement on issues pertaining to their children, such as child custody or visitation schedules. When this occurs, the state has a tool, developed by the Texas Legislature, to schedule visitation periods and outline a parenting plan. It is called a Standard Possession Order.
As a parent faces the determination of child support to be paid to an ex-spouse, there may be concerns about how an amount is determined. Texas law provides for amounts to be computed based on a formula and the parent's net income. The percentage of that net income to be paid will vary based on issues such as the number of children to be supported and the need to support other children from different marriages.