Board-Certified Family Law Attorney in Georgetown, Texas Fights for Fair Child Support and Spousal Support
Enforcing Texas child support and alimony rules
My staff and I at Kevin Henderson Attorney at Law know the legal system in and around Williamson County. I served as a county judge for eight years and have been practicing law for more than 30 years. My law office serves Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin, Temple, Bastrop and the surrounding areas. I do my best to avoid a courtroom trial if possible, but I’m not afraid to take your case to court if needed to secure a fair resolution for you.
How is child support calculated in Texas?
In Texas, child support is calculated by a percentage of net resources depending on the number of children. In order to find your average monthly net resources, subtract these things from your average monthly income:
- Federal income taxes paid for a single person claiming one personal deduction and the standard deduction
- State income taxes
- Social Security taxes
- Union dues
- Child’s health insurance costs or cash medical support
Once average monthly net resources are established, child support is determined by the number of children based on these percentages:
- For one child, child support equals 20 percent of the payer’s net resources
- For two children, child support equals 25 percent of the payer’s net resources
- For three children, child support equals 30 percent of the payer’s net resources
- For four children, child support equals 35 percent of the payer’s net resources
- For five children, child support equals 40 percent of the payer’s net resources
- For six children, child support is not less than 40 percent of the payer’s net resources
How much spousal support will I get or will I have to pay?
Either spouse can request a spousal support hearing when filing for divorce. In Texas, if one spouse is completely dependent on the other, the court may order temporary spousal support. Temporary spousal support typically lasts until the divorce is final.
After a divorce, a party seeking spousal support can ask the court to grant spousal maintenance, also known as alimony. This support can be paid as a lump sum or paid over time, depending on the party’s circumstances. The amount of spousal support and whether support is needed at all depend on several factors such as availability of resources, duration of the marriage, age, health, and earning ability, along with other variables, but spousal support cannot exceed $2,500 per month in any case.
Retirements and QDROs
A qualified domestic relations order, or QDRO, governs the division of retirement plan benefits. A QDRO dictates how benefits will flow to parties in a divorce and is necessary to transfer the right to receive money from a retirement account to someone other than the retiree or the retiree’s spouse.
Contact an experienced Texas family law attorney to protect your right to receive government or military retirement benefits.
Contact a Georgetown, Texas child and spousal support attorney for a free consultation
If you have concerns regarding child or spousal support, contact an educated family law attorney to discuss your options. I am experienced and qualified to handle any family law issues. My staff and I offer reliable legal services to Williamson County, Round Rock, Austin, Temple, and Bastrop. Contact Kevin Henderson Attorney at Law today for your consultation at 512.887.1996 or contact me online.