How Much Is Child Support?

How Much Is Child Support?

In Texas, physical custody – meaning, the amount of time that the child spends with each parent is what is used to determine "who" will be making the child support payments. While a court could order one or both parents to support a child, usually it is the noncustodial parent, the parent who spends the least amount of time with the child, who pays the support.

The amount of child support payments are based on the noncustodial parent's income. Parents are free to pay more than the state's guideline amount, however, they cannot agree amongst themselves to pay less. In all cases, the court must approve the payments.

If there are special circumstances where the guidelines would create an unfair situation to the paying parent or the child, the court can review the circumstances and it may adjust the support amount either up or down.

Uniform, Statewide Guidelines for Child Support

Texas uses uniform, statewide guidelines to calculate child support. Usually, the noncustodial parent will be ordered to pay a monthly child support amount that is based on the Texas child support guideline formula, which considers both parents' income, and the number of children who need to be supported.

Income includes a broad range of financial sources, it includes salary, wages, tips, commissions, overtime, bonuses, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation awards, Social Security disability, gifts, prizes, alimony etc. All of these sources are calculated to determine gross income.

The net income is then calculated after subtracting certain expenses from the parent's gross income such as state and federal income tax, and insurance premiums for the children among other deductions.

Once the net income is determined, it is applied to the number of children that need support:

  • 1 child = 20%
  • 2 children = 25%
  • 3 children = 30%
  • 4 children = 35%
  • 5 children = 40%

In Texas, child support is paid until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later.

Contact a Dallas Divorce Attorney

If you are filing for a divorce or want to petition the court for a child support modification, you should speak with Mr. Sanjay Mathur, an experienced Dallas divorce lawyer.

Understanding your child support obligation can be overwhelming, especially considering the number of financial disclosure documents that need to be filled out. We can ensure that your rights are protected and the state laws are maximized to your benefit.

To learn how we can help you, call Mathur Law Offices, P.C. to arrange a Consultation.