How much child support should I expect to pay or receive?
Child support in Texas is based on the net income of the person paying it. By law, the amount of child support to be paid has been established as follows:
1 child – 20%
2 children – 25%
3 children – 30%
4 or more children – 35%
The court rarely approves a divorce with no child support provisions.
What if my wife has had children with someone else since we were married?
In Texas, any children born during a marriage are considered children of the marriage. The court will not allow these children to be left out of the divorce proceedings. The father of the children must be willing to sign papers establishing paternity. If he refuses to do so, a court order will need to be obtained for a DNA test. We do not handle these cases.
What is considered “standard visitation?”
Standard visitation is considered to be:
- 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of each month from Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m.
- Every Thursday from 6-8 p.m.
- Alternating holidays
- 30 days in the summer
Will I be required to attend parenting classes?
Many courts now require that you attend parenting class before they will grant a divorce. Please make sure that you check with our office to see if you have been assigned to a court that requires these classes. If so, you will need to complete the class and bring the certificate showing that you completed the class with you to court on the day that the divorce is to be finalized.
Where may I attend parenting classes?
Please refer to attached Suggested Parenting Classes for a partial listing of accepted classes. Prices listed are set by the organization offering the class and are subject to change at any time.