CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES: (What You Need to Know)

In Texas our child support determinations are made based on certain percentages of the paying parent’s net monthly income. The statutory law sets how much of a non-custodial parent’s net monthly income should go to the custodial parent for child support.

In Texas, these payments must continue to be paid until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school (whichever occurs later).

The 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

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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