I have custody of my 10 year old son. This custody is not by decree but by my ex's relinquishing custody to me. My ex still has my 12-year-old daughter. I am trying to negotiate amicably regarding the child support. I have heard that in a split custody situation, each parent's child support is calculated. The parent with the greater child support amount then takes credit for the other parent's amount. This way only one parent is paying the other. Is that true?
I am not licensed in Texas. Child support may be calculated differently in your state so always consult an attorney in your state as well. Yes, generally this is how support is calculated when split. You need a court order of custody and support modify both legally. Support is calculated for each child separately and then offset. If you owe your ex $100 a week and she owes your $75, then you pay $25 a week.