Factors That Determine Child Support

In Texas, the parent that makes the child support payment depends on which parent has physical custody. Typically, this means the custodial parent or the parent who spends the most amount of time with the child will receive support payments. Texas law has a statutory formula for establishing and calculating child support. The amount of money the noncustodial parent can expect to pay in child support depends on several factors.

Calculating Child Support Payments

If the noncustodial parent has more than one child or they are paying support for more than one child, the amount of income they will need to provide may be lower.

The Texas child support guideline states the following:

  • One child: 20% of the paying party’s net income
  • Two children: 25% of the paying party’s net income
  • Three children: 30% of the paying party’s net income
  • Four children: 35% of the paying party’s net income
  • Five children: 40% of the paying party’s net income
  • Six or more children: not less than 40% of the paying party’s net income

Child support is also dependent on the noncustodial parent’s monthly income minus tax deductions. Texas has a cap on the amount of monthly income that can be used when calculating child support. If a child has “proven needs” above the cap, a judge can order one or both parents to make up the difference.


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