Petitioning Ken Paxton and 4 others

Child support in Texas should be based on both parents' income.

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Currently in Texas, child support is calculated based only on the non-primary parent's income.  It is not reasonable that while the primary parent may work and earn income, sometimes a lot more than the non-primary parent, that Texas child support guidelines only considers the non-primary parent's income. If both parents reside in Texas and both have join custody of the child or children, both incomes must be considered not just the non-primary parent. These biased guidelines need to change so that both parents' incomes are considered in determining the amount of child support to be paid.  A lot of non-primary parents are paying a percentage of their income while the primary parent works and earn income in addition to child support.  Additionally, in accordance with current Texas child support guidelines, the primary parent can work and earn as much as the non-primary parent or more but it is not considered or required in the Texas child support guidelines, leaving the non-primary parent paying more than necessary.  Other States such as North Carolina, have adopted child support guidelines where both of the parents' income is considered and deductions are based on who pays for medical, dental, etc.  It's time to change the Texas child support guidelines and establish equality of child support amount based on both parents’ income.

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