Like all states, Texas requires both parents to provide financial support to a child. The amount of support owed to a child is based on the Texas Child Support Guidelines. An attorney will help you determine the actual amount of support owed in your case, but this post can help you get a general idea of your estimated child support obligation.
Texas Child Support Obligation
Your monthly child support obligation is a percentage of your monthly net resources.
If you have one child, you pay 20%
If you have two children, you pay 25%
If you have three children, you pay 30%
If you have four children, you pay 35%
If you have five children, you pay 40%
If you have six+ children, you pay >40%
The above table represents a parent’s obligation when the child lives with the other parent full time. When the parents share custody or split custody of their children, the obligations are calculated differently. An attorney can help you estimate your obligation based on shared custody. Additionally, if you already owe child support to a child from a previous relationship, your child support obligation in this case will be a slightly lower percentage than what is shown above.
What Counts as Monthly Net Resources?
Monthly net resources refers to your average monthly gross income after certain taxes and expenses are deducted. Your gross income includes:
- All the money you make from working (salary, wages, bonuses, tips, and/or commissions);
- Any money you make from investments (interest, dividends, royalties, and income from rental properties); and
- Other sources of income (spousal support, retirement pay, disability, etc.).
Gross income does not include foster care payments, some types of government assistance (such as SNAP and TANF benefits), or income from a new spouse. To calculate your monthly net resources, deduct the following from your average monthly gross income:
- Federal and state income taxes;
- Social security taxes;
- Any dues you pay to an employment union; and
- The cost of the child’s health insurance.
The amount left over after deducting the allowed taxes and expenses is known as your “monthly net resources.”
Appealing a Child Support Order
The Texas Child Support Guidelines determines the amount of child support that is presumed to be in the best interest of the child. However, a judge is able to consider the specific circumstances in your case to make a ruling that better reflects your situation. If you or your child has special needs, you may be able to obtain a child support increase or reduction as appropriate. For more information about modifying or appealing a child support order, reach out to an experienced Texas child support lawyer.
Need Legal Assistance? Call a Texas Family Law Attorney
If you need assistance obtaining or modifying a child support order, contact the Law Office of Sharita Blacknall. Sharita Blacknall is a Dallas-based attorney that handles divorce, child custody, child support and other family law matters. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (214) 678-9111.
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