For parents who share custody of their children, it may still be necessary for one parent to pay child support to the other. Typically, Texas state law will determine whether a parent who has joint physical custody of a child will need to make formal support payments. In some cases, the amount of support owed will be reduced by the amount of time that a parent has the child.
For instance, if a mother or father was found to owe $500 a month in support, that amount might be reduced by half if that person had the child for 50% of the time. However, it is also possible that a court would waive the obligation to pay support if a child's parents had equal physical custody rights. The parents themselves may come to an agreement that determines when support must be paid.
For instance, an individual may not have to make payments when he or she has the child. These agreements may be made either orally or in writing. Of course, the needs of the child will play a role in determining how much financial support a parent may need to provide. If a child has extraordinary medical, travel or other costs, those expenses will need to be considered when making a support order regardless of who has physical custody.
Joint custody rights may be in the best interest of the parents and the children. This is because it allows the child to benefit from having relationships with both parents. However, custody and child support are generally considered to be two separate issues in the eyes of the law. Therefore, parents may still be required to pay child support even if they have legal or physical custody of their children.