The Texas Legislature convenes every two years and, at each session, proposed new laws that impact Texas family law are introduced. The Texas Legislature last convened in 2019 and, so, will not convene again until 2021.

Below is a brief summary of two changes made at the 2019 session. Please check back in regarding anticipated changes for 2021 and, ultimately, enacted changes from the 2021 session.

  1. Changes to Child Support Cap

Under Texas law, the amount of child support owed is based on a non-custodial parent’s net resources. As of September 1, 2019, child support is calculated in accordance with a new “cap” of $9,200 per month on such net resources.

  1. Passport Considerations

As of September 1, 2019, if you are a parent or a nonparent appointed as sole managing conservator (SMC), you have the right to apply for a passport on behalf of your child, renew your child’s passport, and maintain possession of your child’s passport.