Jacksonville, FL asked in Child Support for Texas

Q: Is the mothers total income considered when determining child supp from father?

Mother lives in Texas with child, father lives in Florida. Mother filing for child support and is married to NFL player. Is their total income considered when determining the father's payment? Or is it percentages automatically?

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Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: In Texas the answer is generally “no, it is not.” The Texas Family Code has statutory guidelines for child support that are based on the net resources of the individual parent who is to pay child support. Mother’s new husband isn’t obligated to spend one penny on the child that isn’t his, so his income shouldn’t come into play at all.

A more complete evaluation and appraisal of the situation should be obtained by consulting with a Texas family lawyer local to the court in which the mom is requesting child support. There are a lot of facts that come into play in cases involving custody and support of children, and a local attorney can give you advice on what to expect from the judges in the area.

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