My question involves child support in the State of: Texas
I was married for 12 yrs to the father of my 2 children ages 11 and 3 and we separated in 2009. Upon separating we agreed he'd provide daycare and health insurance instead of child support. Now I'm doing better financially but still struggle since he pays for their health insurance and for the daycare tuition for one of them ($540 a month) but doesn't give me any actual money aside from that. We are getting close to finally filing for divorce and I want to make sure I am not getting gipped. We both have a significant other and I know he buys the new gf a lot of expensive gifts meanwhile I struggle to buy diapers and provide entertainment for them? He is a HR Generalist so he makes good money (he refuses to tell me how much) and I was told he should pay $25-30% of his total salary in child support. I know he must make AT LEAST 40-50K a year yet I am getting $540 a month in child support and struggling. After much arguing he agreed to pay $700 a month for both and when I asked what his salary is and what 25% is, you'd thought I cursed out his mother. HE accused me of being greedy and now he wont be able to move into a larger place where the kids can have more room to play when they visit, all bc "I want more money". He's threatening to stop paying daycare and dared me to just go file for child support bc he's sick of dealing with me and my uncooperative ways. I really dont want to rock the boat and I hate fighting (which is why I wanted a divorce) but I dont think it's fair for him to spend $$ on jewelry and video game consoles for his gf and her children while I have to spend every cent of my hard earned money on my kids bc he only wants to help so much. I told him the court will decide how much he will pay based on his earnings but he insists we can come to court with an arrangement and if I dont want to participate in said arrangement, he will "fight me for everything". Can someone tell me if the court does accept arrangements or do they set the amount based on earnings alone? I don't make a lot myself, how much should someone making at least $40-45K be paying for 2 kids? Am I being unreasonable? Thank you all in advance.