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Understanding child support expenses

When you and your wife divorce in Texas, one of the things you must determine is who will pay child support and how much this amount will be. We at the Law Office of Brian Turner know that you likely have many questions about what child support is intended to cover and how this amount is determined.

While you may think that child support is intended to cover only your child's most basic needs, this is usually not the case. FindLaw says that child support can be used to pay for your child's educational costs. This can include a tutor, school supplies and a uniform. These educational costs also cover college tuition, which means you may find yourself paying child support after your child has turned 18 if he is in school full time. Additionally, this money covers medical care, particularly those expenses which may not always be included in a health insurance policy. This means that your child support can help pay for your child's new pair of glasses or braces.

As a father, you may find that you are more likely to pay child support in Texas. While there are guidelines which usually determine how much you pay, sometimes your family may have a situation which means the usual guidelines do not apply. These situations can include insufficient financial resources to pay child support or the need to travel to visit your child. 

When a court determines the amount of child support you pay, your net income is usually taken into account. The number of children you have also affects these payments. You may find that you are required to pay a higher amount if you and your ex-wife have many children. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.

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