When a married couple with children decides to divorce and they have established a custody arrangement, they then must work out terms regarding child support. It is not unusual for divorcing spouses to disagree on the amount that should be paid.
There are two primary considerations taken into account when determining child support payments. First, how much money is required to help provide adequate financial support for the child? The other primary concern is how much can the paying spouse reasonably afford?
If a divorcing couple cannot determine a dollar amount between themselves, the courts will likely decide on a figure. A judge will take several factors into account, including the cost of a child’s insurance, day care, education and special needs.
In looking at a parent’s ability to make payments, typically the judge will examine not only what the parent is earning but also any mandatory expenses that the parent may have. These expenses can include income taxes and Social Security. If the parent is already paying child support to another party, that amount may also be factored into the equation. However, consideration for such expenses as loan payments are generally left up to the discretion of the court.
It is in the best interests of the children and all others involved that a child support agreement be reasonable and fair. This means that the amount be large enough to provide for a child’s needs, but not so great as to financially crush the one making the payments. By setting support at a proper rate, there is a better chance that the payments will be forthcoming and the child will get what he or she needs.
If you are a divorcing parent who is looking to work out an amenable child support agreement, you may wish to consult with a Texas family law attorney. The attorney may be able to help you arrive at a figure and represent your interests in court.