Estimating monthly child support payments

Making the finances work after a Texas parent files for divorce can be difficult. However, if the parent will have primary custody of the children, he or she could expect the other parent to be ordered to pay a certain amount of child support every month. Like all other states, Texas has child support calculator tools that the custodial parent can use to estimate what those payments will be.

In order to get a child support estimation, the custodial parent will need financial documentation. This should include both parents' monthly income, any tax benefits either parent receives and the amount of debt the former couple is responsible for paying. There are other factors that could have an impact on the monthly child support payments, such as how much time the child spends with each parent.

It should be noted, however, that the child support calculator can only estimate child support. Once the parent formerly requests child support, the actual amount he or she may receive could be vastly different that what the calculator estimated. This is because the judge could incorporate additional costs into the calculation, especially if the child has special medical needs or if the parents have agreed to private school.

Once a child support order is in place, the noncustodial parent is responsible for making timely payments to help with the costs of raising a child. While there are many noncustodial parents who follow the order and make the payments, others try to dodge their financial responsibilities. In these cases, an attorney could go back to the court that issued the order for child support enforcement. A judge can help the custodial parent get the child support he or she is owed by garnishing the other parent's wages and other methods.

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