HOW DOES TEXAS DETERMINE CHILD SUPPORT?  PART 2

Child Support Laws in Texas

The child support laws in Texas are not contingent upon which parent has custody of the children. In fact, the Texas Family Code mostly bases its decision on two things:

  • the number of children who need support
  • the amount of monthly income

A disgruntled ex-spouse who is frustrated that the custodial parent is withholding visitation cannot stop child support payments out of retribution, either. At its core, child support laws in Texas are intended to protect the rights and needs of the children over the desires of the parents.

In Texas, the State Attorney General oversees a Child Support Division that is committed to enforcing the laws surrounding child support in Texas. Not only does the Attorney General’s Office help establish paternity and enforce child support orders, but it also works to locate absent parents and collect delinquent child support payments.

How Much Do You Pay in Child Support?

Child support is based on the paying parent’s net income and other resources, as follows:

  • 20% of net resources for one child
  • 25% of net resources for two children
  • 30% of net resources for three children
  • 35% of net resources for four children
  • 40% of net resources for five children

If you go to this link, it will take you to a child support calculator that will help you in determining the monthly amount that should be paid.  https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/calculator/

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