It’s not every day that you see a sports headline on a family law blog. For those of you who are not basketball fans, Dwight Howard is one of the top basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). While he played last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, he is now an unrestricted free agent and is currently being courted by a number of NBA teams, including the Houston Rockets.
Yesterday, a local Houston rapper by the name of “Slim Thug” sent, among others, the following message to Dwight Howard on Twitter:
We both got babymamas @DwightHoward do u know that they only get 20% in Houston it’s wayyyy worst in LA
— slim thug (@slimthugga) July 1, 2013
The “20%” remark is a reference to the fact that the child support guidelines in Texas require a child support obligor (the person paying child support) to pay 20% of their monthly net resources in child support for one child. The percentage goes up by 5% for each child thereafter, up to 6 children.
As strange of a method of recruiting a basketball player as it may seem, I immediately realized that “Slim Thug” makes a dangerous attorney. While it sounds great, unfortunately for Dwight Howard, he’s absolutely incorrect.
I’m not entirely sure where Dwight Howard’s children live, but if he’s paying child support, the children don’t live with him. The reason that is important is because in most states, if not all, jurisdiction to set child support is typically determined by the residency of the children. Unless the children are also moving to Texas to be closer with Dwight Howard, his decision to come play basketball for the Houston Rockets will have little to no impact on how his child support is calculated.
The lesson? If you want to know how your child support will be affected by a move to Texas, talk to an attorney licensed in Texas. Don’t rely on guys who call themselves “Slim Thug” on Twitter.