HOW DOES TEXAS DETERMINE CHILD SUPPORT?
There are many gray areas that exist in the practice of family law, but child support is not generally considered one of those areas.
The state of Texas has created guidelines for determining how much child support should be paid. The calculations include consideration of the following:
- The net income of the payor
- Child care costs associated with work
- Health insurance costs
- Child support already paid to other children
However, the court may take other factors into consideration when setting a child support amount, so it is not possible to determine a parent’s child support obligation until the court has made its decision. Each child and family situation is different, and there are other factors that the court may consider in certain cases.
For example, some children may have unusual needs that require consideration for more support.
WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT
If you are a parent who must pay child support, there are some earnings you may deduct from the total amount the court will consider for your child support payments.
Those deductions include:
- All Social Security withholdings
- All federal income tax withholdings (as if you were filing as a single with one exemption)
- Medical insurance premiums paid for your children (not including you or your spouse)
Once these subtractions have been made from your gross income, you will be left with the amount of your “net resources.” It is this dollar amount that the court will generally use to determine your child support payments. Those payments will usually range from 20 percent for one child to 40 percent for four children or more.