Effective the September 1, 2013, the State of Texas has increased the maximum child support guideline to $8,550.00 net monthly. The previous guideline cap was $7,500.00 monthly. The 2013 increased cap on the maximum guideline Tstarts on September 1, 2013 for everyone meeting the higher income requirements, even those who already have a divorce decree.
The new Texas 2013 maximum child support amounts will increase starting September 1, 2013 from $1500 per month for one child to $1710; from $1875 for two children to $2137.50; and from $2,250 for three children to $2,565. The courts will not automatically increase the child support obligations if the Obligor’s income is higher than the old child support cap. This means if you are receiving child support and the payor is making more than $120,000.00 per year, which is the old maximum cap, then if you want child support to increase to follow the new maximum guidelines, you will have to file a motion to modify. We can assist you in filing your motion to modify, and if the payor/obligor contests the modification and we have to have a hearing, the Child Support Lawyers and Tilton & Tilton LLP can request attorneys’ fees as part of the modification.
The 2013 maximum child support cap increase will not be retroactive, meaning that it would cause child support payments made in the past to increase resulting in an arrearage. What this means is that if you want to increase child support payments based on the new cap, the child support increase will only apply after filing a motion to modify. The parties may enter into an agreement regarding the child support increase, and do not have to follow guidelines child support if there is an agreement. If the parties have an an agreement regarding an increase in child support, the Houston Family Lawyers at Tilton & Tilton LLP can draft the necessary paperwork for the modification for a flat fee.
If you have any questions or would like to determine whether you might be eligible for a modification on child support, please contact the Houston Family Law Attorneys at Tilton & Tilton LLP at 713-774-8600 to set up a free initial consultation today.