When children are involved, the Court almost always orders child support in some way to ensure that the child is being adequately taken care of.
In certain custody situations, the court can take into account how much time the child spends with each parent and order child support accordingly. However, in most cases, the non-primary parent will be required to pay child support. While child support is not set in stone, the court first looks to what the Texas Family Code considers “Guideline Child Support”. The Court determines guideline child support by determining how much a party makes each month after taxes. Then, a percentage is then applied based upon how many children the parties have.
If a child has certain needs or expenses beyond what guideline support can provide, the Court can take that into account and award child support in excess of guidelines.