HOW CHILD SUPPORT IS CALCULATED IN TEXAS
The amounts you pay for child support are determined by child support guidelines. To calculate your net income the court first has to calculate gross income on an annual basis. Then the court will divide the annual gross income with 12 (as in 12 months) to get the monthly net resources. The net resources are the total of all the income you derive in a month including the income you derive from your assets. The net resources are then multiplied with a certain percentage to get the total amount you have to pay for child support in a month.
If your net monthly income is less than $9,200, the court will consider the number of children in your household when calculating the amount you have to pay. For one child 20% of the Net income will be paid as child support and for two children it will be 25% of the income. You continue adding 5% for every other additional child in the household that is included in the suit.
For people who earn a net income more than $9,200 a month, the court will apply the same calculations used for people earning a net income less than $9,200 a month. However, you may be asked to pay more child support if the other parent convinces the court that the child needs warrant more support. Some needs that may require more support include:
• Extra medical expenses
• Extracurricular activities