Child Support, Medical Support and now Dental Support in 2018

Child Support Lawyer in Houston, TX

Under current Texas law, the Family Code requires that the non-custodial parent pay child support to the custodial parent.   It is presumed to be in the child’s best interest that the obligor (parent responsible for paying support) pay child support in an amount determined by the guidelines set under Chapter 154 of the Texas Family Code.  Read the following articles for more information about the child support guidelines:

Medical Support in Texas

The Texas Family Code also requires that the court order a parent to provide medical coverage at a reasonable cost for the child (Tex. Fam. Code 154.181). The cost of the medical insurance premium for the child, among other things, is deducted from the obligor’s gross monthly income to compute a net monthly income to which the guidelines are applied. The Code defines “reasonable cost” as no more than nine percent of the obligor’s annual income.

Dental Support in Texas

Effective September 1, 2018, courts began ordering the obligor to cover dental insurance at a reasonable cost for children.  The cost of dental premiums will also be deducted from the obligor’s gross monthly resources to compute child support. The Code defines “reasonable cost” for dental coverage as no more than 1.5 percent of an obligor’s annual resources.  In short, the obligor will pay medical dental, and child support starting next year.

Contact an Experienced Child Support Attorney today.

If you are considering paying support, contact your Houston Divorce lawyer at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C. We can calculate your potential support amount or review a previous support order.