Determining Child Support Obligations Under Texas Family Code
Parents have certain rights, responsibilities, and duties under Texas Family
Code. Both parents have the duty to support their children with food,
clothing, and shelter. In most cases, one parent has the duty to pay child
support. The parent paying child support is referred to as the obligor,
while the other parent is referred to as the obligee. Texas Family Code
has established guidelines for calculating child support based on income
and the number of children supported by the obligor.
The Texas Family Code also includes provisions for above-guideline child
support that is intended to address a variety of financial needs of the
children. There are also times that parents agree to a child support amount
that is considered to be below the guidelines.
There are a number of reasons why child support amounts may vary, such as:
- The possession time of each parent;
- The medical needs of the child;
- The financial needs of the child; and
- The ability each parent has to meet those needs.
For example, some parents have daycare needs for younger children, or have
children enrolled in private school, or summer camps. Some parents will
agree to share in the cost of extracurricular activities for a child.
Board Certified Family Lawyers Serving Williamson, Travis, Austin &
At Andrae Law, our Austin child support lawyers work with our clients in
preparing a realistic budget that is inclusive of all the child-related
expenses that parents often overlook. Before we attempt to negotiate a
child support amount, we make sure that our clients are fully informed
of the financial needs of their child and their own budget constraints,
as well as the benefits and risks of asking a Judge to decide child support amount.