Texas family law attorneys are keenly aware of the child support percentage guidelines set out in the Texas Family Code, which prescribe a mathematical formula for calculating child support. These percentage guidelines come up in virtually 100% of all family law cases involving issues of child support.
The statutory guidelines set out in §154.123 of the Texas Family Code are legally presumed to be in the best interest of the child.
In Bexar County especially, attorneys are often resigned to the premise that "child support is what it is," and that not much can be done about it.
However, the truth of the matter is that the Texas Family Code contains a number of provisions allowing a judge to set child support above or below the statutory guideline amounts. §154.123 of the Texas Family Code, which is entitled "Additional Factors for Court to Consider," sets out 17 separate things the Court must consider in determining whether application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances.