Texas child support? There's an app for that.
Jimmy Verner Jr. (pictured), a shareholder in Dallas' Verner & Brumley, has begun marketing a Texas child support calculator application for an iPhone. "I'm kind of a techy person. I developed a formula for figuring out child support payments online, and someone in my office said, 'You ought to turn it into an iPhone application,' " recalls Verner. So, with the help of a freelance software developer and about a month's worth of effort, he did just that. His application has been on sale on iTunes online since July 23. So far, Verner says, 20 customers have bought it, paying $7.99 each -- 70 percent of which Verner pockets, with 30 percent going to iPhone's famous maker Apple Computer Inc. Verner says he is considering developing similar iPhone applications for New York and California child support calculations, but those states have more complicated formulas, so it's taking more time. In the next two weeks, he plans to begin marketing an iPhone application to calculate litigation deadlines, factoring in weekends and holidays. Oh, by the way, Verner didn't even own an iPhone until he needed to test his idea.
-- Miriam Rozen
With only five inputs, anyone - whether an attorney or a person in the middle of a divorce or modification suit - can calculate the exact amount of Texas guideline child support that must be paid. The inputs are:
- whether the person who will pay child support is self-employed
- that person's gross annual income
- how many children are before the court
- the amount of annual health insurance premium for the children
- how many children from prior relationships the person already is ordered to support.
With these five inputs, the Texas Child Support Calculator determines the exact amount of child support that must be paid.
Support for the calculator - should any be needed - is available at no charge through VernerLegal, a website hosted by Mr. Verner.
The Texas Child Support Calculator can be purchased from the iTunes Store.