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Calculation of child support differs from state to state

For Texas parents who are considering filing for divorce, jurisdiction is an important matter. While many families will file in the state in which they currently reside, there are cases in which the jurisdiction can be selected. For those spouses, calculation of child support should be part of the decision-making process. 

Child support guidelines vary wildly from one state to another. That means that the laws in the state where a divorce is filed will guide the process from start to finish, including matters of child support. The bottom line could be significantly different in one state as compared to another. In fact, the variation could be nearly $10,000 per year, which is a significant amount of money to most families. 

Some couples maintain homes in more than one state. Others have recently relocated, or are considering a relocation in the near future. In either case, a spouse who is seriously considering divorce should research how child support is calculated in all potential jurisdictions. It could be that postponing a divorce until residency is established in a new state would be beneficial. Or, filing prior to a move might yield the better outcome. 

Matters of divorce and child support will shape each Texas spouse's financial standing for many years to come. Considering how jurisdiction will impact those calculations is important. It is well worth the time and effort to run the numbers prior to filing for divorce. Working with a financial planner and family law attorney can also inform and guide the process. 

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