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Texas residency defines high-asset support case

Child support cases are always a contentious, high-stakes ordeal. This level of intensity is only raised further if one or both of the parents involved hold a sizeable amount of assets. Given that child support payments are based on a percentage of parents' income rather than a fixed flat rate, the more a Texas resident makes, the more money stands to change hands following a child support decision.

Texas, however, may prove to be a hospitable place for non-custodial, support-paying parents who are looking to keep their own earnings safe. As one NBA All-Star recently learned, a residence in the lone star state has clear advantages.

Earlier this month an Orlando judge awarded Chris Bosh a major financial victory, acknowledging the Miami Heat star's residence as being in Texas, rather than Florida, where Bosh spends much of his time both on and off the court. Following the decision, Bosh will continue to pay his ex-girlfriend $2,600 each month, a very favorable amount when compared to the $30,000 monthly payments a Florida residence would have demanded.

Over the next 15 years Bosh stands to save nearly $5 million thanks to the judge's ruling. Looking past a legal affidavit that identified a new $12.5 million Miami Beach mansion as Bosh's new home and the striking of Bosh's name from Texas voter records, the Orlando judge cited IRS income-tax filings sent from Texas as valid evidence of local residency.

Bosh's victory is exemplary of the importance that courtroom litigation can have on the long-term outcomes in child support cases. While some may raise an eyebrow at the judge's bold decision, the fact remains that legality and a magistrate's verdict have final say. As such, Texas residents should take proactive legal action when a child support agreement is needed. Millions may hang on a case's ruling.

Source: Electronic Urban Report, "Chris Bosh Scores BIG Over Baby Mama," Dec. 5, 2012

  • The outcome of a high-asset child support dispute can have drastic financial consequences. For more information, contact our Dallas family law page.

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