3 CHILD SUPPORT FAQ’s AND MISCONCEPTIONS
1. How is child support calculated?
In Texas, the amount of child support that a parent is paid depends on their net income (their after-tax income) and the state’s child support guidelines.
Put as simply as possible, the child support guidelines in Texas are as follows:
• One child: 20% of the paying parent’s net income
• Two children: 25% of the net income
• Three children: 30% of the net income
• Four children: 35% of the net income
• Five or more children: 40% of the net income
2. What if I have other children living with me?
If you are supporting other children in your home, the state will adjust the guidelines based on the total number of children you are financially supporting. If you are supporting other children or, if you started a second family with your new spouse, you should inform the judge, the OAG staff, that you are supporting other children.
3. Can I be denied visitation if I cannot pay support?
Visitation and child support are two separate issues, even though the court makes determinations on both. Custodial parents are obligated to obey court orders for visitation, even if the noncustodial parent cannot afford to pay child support. In the case of a custodial parent denying visitation, the court can enforce the court order. However, it is never a good idea to not pay child support, even if you cannot afford it. You should make remedial efforts as quickly as possible to inform the court of financial changes.