BASICS OF CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS

Texas Child Support
Whether you’re paying child support or receiving it, you want to get a good understanding of how to calculate child support.

1. How Many Kids
The first numbers are easy to get – count up the number of children involved. How many children does the paying parent have responsibility for in this relationship. And, how many does the paying parent have responsibility for outside this relationship.

2. Income
Then, we look at the income involved in your case. In Texas, child support is determined by the ‘net resources’ of the paying parent. Essentially, the amount of the paying parent’s annual income.

3. Texas Guidelines
Guideline Texas child support is calculated using only the paying parent’s income and resources. Net resources do not include social security taxes, federal income tax, health insurance costs for the children. Examples of net income may include: annual income, rental income, retirement benefits.

4. Calculation
Divide the annual net resources by 12 to determine the monthly net resource figure. Next, the number of children becomes a percentage: 1 child = 20%, 2 children = 25%, 3 children = 30%, increasing by 5% each child to 6+ children = not less than the amount for 5 children to be applied to the monthly net resources amount.

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