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Texas Child Support and Child Custody

Child support vs. child custody. What's the difference?

Child support is the financial support (usually periodic payments) to the opposite parent. Child custody is when a parent is granted custody of a child. Child support can be granted to the parent that gains custody of the child. Child support payments are often calculated by household income, number of children, health insurance, etc.

How is child support calculated in Texas?

According to the Texas Family Code, child support is calculated by multiplying the percentage by the paying parent's net income.

A parent's net income is calculated by subtracting the following from the gross income:

  • social security taxes
  • federal income tax
  • state income tax
  • union dues
  • children's health insurance premiums

What should I look for when choosing a child support lawyer?

When looking for a child support lawyer, you'll want to always keep your children's needs first. A good Houston child support lawyer will do the same, always making sure that you're satisfied with the progress of your case. The following questions may help you choose the right child support lawyer:

  • How many years of experience does the family law firm have?
  • Do any or all of the attorneys in the family law firm have children?
  • Does the family law firm know the laws that make child support different in Texas?
  • Can most child support cases be settled out of court?

At Nichols Law, our experienced family law attorneys understand that during a child support case, your children's needs must come first. We take child support cases very seriously because know how important your children are and we will always strive for the best results for you and for your children.

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