Many Texas parents find themselves in situations in which they are raising a child on their own with little if any support provided by the other parent. Such a parent may seek a child support order from the court. In other cases, a child support order will be issued along with a child custody and parenting time order when a custody decision is made as part of divorce proceedings. Such orders are legally enforceable and binding.
In determining the child support amount, the judge will consider the income of the noncustodial parent as well as the number of children that parent is already required to support. Texas, like other states, has guidelines established based on the income and number of children for courts to follow.