As a Texas divorce attorney, one of the most common questions I get from clients is about child support laws in the state. Texas uses a percentage of income model to determine how much the non-custodial parent will pay in child support, and the amount is based on how many children the parent has.

Under Texas law, the non-custodial parent is required to pay a certain percentage of their net income for child support. The percentage is based on the number of children the parent has, as shown in the table below:

Number of Children Percentage of Net Income
1 20%
2 25%
3 30%
4 35%
5 or more 40%

It’s important to note that these percentages are only a guideline, and the court has the final say on the amount of child support that will be paid. The court may deviate from the guideline amounts if there are special circumstances, such as if the non-custodial parent has a high income or if the custodial parent has a low income.

If you want to get an idea of how much child support you might be required to pay in Texas, you can use the child support calculator provided by the Texas Attorney General. The calculator can be found here: https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/monthly-child-support-calculator.

In addition to the percentage of income model, Texas also has other factors that the court may consider when determining child support. These include the needs of the child, the ability of the non-custodial parent to pay, and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the parents had not divorced.

It’s important for both parents to understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to child support in Texas. If you have any questions or need help with a child support issue, it’s always best to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney.