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Calculating Child Support in Texas

Texas family law calculates child support based on a formula known as "percentage of income." This formula considers the income of the noncustodial parent when calculating child support but does not consider the income of the custodial parent.

This blog post describes generally how Texas family law calculates child support. It is important to understand that there are situations in which Texas child support calculations will deviate from this formula, however. Those situations include:

  • When the noncustodial parent makes more than $7,500 net monthly
  • When the children are in a joint or split custody arrangement
  • When the noncustodial parent has multiple children in different households
  • When the noncustodial parent is disabled and receiving government benefits
  • When the noncustodial parent is called to active military service

General Child Support Guidelines in Texas

Child support is based on the noncustodial parent's net income. Net income includes:

  • All wage and salary income, including bonuses, commissions, tips, and overtime pay
  • Interests, dividends and royalty income
  • Net rental income
  • Self-employment income
  • All other received income, including severance pay, pensions, trust income, retirement benefits, workers' compensation benefits, etc.

Net income does not include:

  • Income from a new spouse
  • Accounts receivable
  • Welfare payments
  • Return of principal or capital

Before the child support obligation is calculated, Texas law requires deduction of the following from income:

  • Federal, state and Social Security taxes
  • Union dues
  • Health care insurance expenses being paid for the child in question

Then, if the noncustodial parent's income is less than $7,500, the court will calculate child support as follows:

  • 20% of net income for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 30% for three children
  • 35% for four children
  • 40% for five children
  • No less than 40% for six children

To get a quick estimate of child support amounts, you can use the Texas child support calculator.

Contact Pfister Borserine & Associates

At Pfister Borserine & Associates, we have protected the rights of people across north Texas for more than 20 years. Board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, attorney John J. Pfister, Jr. understands that every case is different and will take the time to learn the details of your situation. We will then carefully craft an individualized approach to help you get the outcome you want.

For an appointment with an experienced child support lawyer who can help you understand the process of calculating and modifying Texas child support orders, contact our office by e-mail or call us at 972-712-6700.

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