Does Child Custody Affect Child Support in Texas?

Child custody can have a limited impact on the outcome of a child support order, but it usually doesn’t work the other way around.

For example, a child custody (conservatorship) agreement will assign one parent as the custodial parent and the other as the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent is the one with whom the child spends the most time and is expected to provide the most amount of direct care for the child. In this respect, child custody has affected child support in defining which parent should receive support payments.

Joint Custody & Child Support

Even when parents share joint physical custody (joint conservatorship) of their child, this doesn’t always negate the need for child support. Joint physical custody means each parent provides for their child’s basic needs independently, but one parent may be more financially equipped than the other to do so.

In a case such as this, the court will separately assess how much support is necessary to care for the child. The amount of time each parent spends with their child is taken into account when calculating child support, but this is just one of several factors considered.

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