|SCOTT M. BROUSSARD||
108 MAIN STREET
Scott M. Broussard
Attorney at Law
Richmond, Texas 77469
Sugar Land Office
FORT BEND DIVORCE LAWYER
The Texas Family Code includes very specific guidelines for the computing of child support requirements. The following guidelines are specifically designed to apply to situations in which the obligor's monthly net resources are $7,500.00 or less. In such cases, the court presumptively applies the following schedule:
If the Obligor has children from another relationship(s), the percentages listed above may be reduced.
If the obligor's net resources exceed $7,500.00 per month, the Court shall presumptively apply the above percentages to the first $7,500.00 of net resources. Without further reference to the percentage, the court may order additional amounts of child support. The court may not order the obligor to pay more child support than the presumptive amount (as calculated by multiplying the above applicable percentage times $7,500.00) or an amount equal to 100% of the proven needs of the child, whichever is greater.
Net resources is legally defined very broadly, and income can also be imputed to a party.
In addition to monthly child support payments, the payor is required to maintain the children on the payor's employment health insurance policy. If insurance is not available through the payor's employment, but is available through the payee's employment, the payor will be ordered to pay the premium costs. If insurance is not available through either parties' employment, the payor will be ordered to provide insurance coverage to the extent available and affordable. The cost of the medical insurance is a deduction against a payor's net resources. Additionally, the Court usually makes orders regarding the payment of deductibles and other uninsured expenses. All Orders dealing with child support must now be accompanied by an Order of Withholding. Medical Support Orders are now commonplace. The Withholding order, after presented to the payor's employer, has the Court-ordered child support deducted directly from the payor's paychecks.
The court may also elect to order the Payor to secure life insurance in order to cover the amount of child support that will become due until the child support obligation would terminate, which may extend to 18+ years.
SCOTT M. BROUSSARD SUGAR LAND FAMILY ATTORNEY