Whether you receive or pay child support in Houston, you know it can always change. If you’re the custodial parent, you rely on that money to take care of your children. When it isn’t paid on time, it can significantly impact your life. The same is true for parents who have to pay child support. Seeing this money come out of your check every week can be painful. You just have to remember that this is for your children and they should be your number one priority.
Every now and then, the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas reviews the child support guidelines. If they feel the cost of living has increased dramatically, they may decide to modify the guidelines. This is what has happened this year.
In June, the Office of the Attorney General decided that it was time to increase the maximum amount of child support that you can be ordered to pay in Texas. As of September 1, 2019, you can be ordered to pay as much as $1,840 per month for one child. This is an increase from the previous maximum amount of $1,710. This is a significant increase. It’s close to 10%.
If you’re a parent who pays child support, you will have probably just seen this increase take effect. While $130 doesn’t sound like a lot of money, it can be half a car payment. And, over the course of a year, that is over $1,600. That’s an entire mortgage payment.
If you’re paying child support and think the amount is too high, you can file a motion to have your child support reduced. Call and talk to one of our Houston child support attorneys immediately.