What is the Maximum Amount of Child Support That Can Be Ordered?

What are the Statutory Guidelines?

When the person being ordered to pay child support’s monthly resources are less than $8,550 a month there are presumptive amounts of child support set out in the family code and the court has the discretion to look at multiple factors in deciding how much child support should be paid. In general, the maximum amount in the code for someone making less than $8,550, without factoring in any special needs of the child or any of the other factors, is $1,710.

When the person being ordered to pay child support makes more than $8,550 the statute states that the court should presumptively apply the child support percentage amount to the amount that doesn’t exceed $8,550. Basically, it is presumed that you shouldn’t be paying more than $1,710 a month in child support for one child no matter how much money you make.

However, the statute goes on to allow the court to take into account the income of the parties and the proven needs of the child to set an amount above the $1,710 a month but this amount is not supposed to be higher than the amount of the proven needs of the child. The court has discretion to allocate the amounts to be paid into the “proven needs” of the child to each party in the Child Support case as long as they don’t order more than 100% of the proven needs of the child to be paid.


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