WHAT ARE THE TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT STATUTORY GUIDELINES

Under the guidelines, a parent will pay the following percentage of their “net” monthly resources to the custodial parent:
• 20% of net income to support one child
• 25% of net income to support two children
• 30% of net income to support three children
• 35% of net income to support four children
• 40% of net income to provide for five children
• A minimum of 40% of net income for six or more children

In Texas, the amount of support a parent may be obligated to pay is regulated by statutory guidelines. The guidelines take into account the income of the non-custodial parent. Notably, the above percentages are modified if a parent has other children not subject to the suit that the parent has a legal duty to support.

Although the guidelines are presumed to be in the best interest of the children, this presumption may be rebutted in certain circumstances. A party may offer evidence relating to the specific needs of a child. The amount of parenting time exercised by each party, or other case-specific factors which may warrant a deviation from the guideline. Such deviations may give the custodial parent access to a greater amount of support funds.

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