Skilled Lawyer in El Paso Establishes an Effective Child Support Plan for Your Family
Planning for your child’s future
We know how difficult a divorce can be on your personal life, but it can also have a long-lasting impact on your finances. At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, we keep an eye on your financial future by helping you establish an effective child support plan that is fair under Texas law. Our personalized service and extensive knowledge of the state’s support guidelines allow us to find solutions designed with your future in mind. Whether you are paying child support or receiving payments, our firm is fully equipped to take your case.
How child support is calculated
In most states, it is usually up to the court to decide on a support amount that is in the best interest of the child. In Texas, however, a consistent formula is used to calculate the amount. First, the family law court establishes the parent who will be making the payments after the net incomes of both parties are calculated during the divorce procedure. Once the monthly net income is determined, the court applies the following formula to your case:
- 1 child — 20 percent of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 2 children — 25 percent of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 3 children — 30 percent of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 4 children — 35 percent of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 5 children — 40 percent of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 6+ children — Not less than the amount for five children
Our attorneys also represent clients who wish to modify existing agreements that no longer reflect their lifestyles.
Termination of child support
Child support plans are not indefinite in the state of Texas, and upon the child’s 18th birthday, the obligor is no longer legally required to make payments. Payments are also no longer required should the child get married or begin active duty in the military before the age of 18, or if it is discovered later on that the obligor is not the biological parent of the child. Our firm looks at your situation and gathers the necessary evidence to help you terminate your payment plan.
Get the help you need with your child custody case today
If you need to secure the proper child support payment amount, call Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC today at 915-201-0590 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our firm is located in El Paso, Texas, right across the street from the Federal Courthouse. Night and weekend appointments are available upon request.