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Reasons for Child Support Different than Guidelines

Texas courts have the power to order child support that does not conform with the guidelines.  Factors that can be considered in determining a deviation from the guidelines, include but are not limited to, the child's needs, the child's age, provisions for no medical insurance, travel costs associated with exercising visits, child care costs, and/or spousal maintenance received or paid.  The courts have the power to either exceed the recommended guidelines or order support below them.

Factors that cannot be considered are the sex of the petitioner, respondent, or child; needs of a new spouse; the marital status of the child’s parents; or any voluntary support provided above previously ordered amounts.