HOW MUCH CHILD SUPPORT DO I HAVE TO PAY?
TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES
The Texas Family Code contains guidelines for the computation of child support. The guidelines are specifically designed to apply to situations in which the obligor’s monthly net resources are $9,200.00 or less. In such cases, the court presumptively applies the following schedule:
1 child – 20% of Obligor’s Net Resources
2 children – 25% of Obligor’s Net Resources
3 children – 30% of Obligor’s Net Resources
4 children – 35% of Obligor’s Net Resources
5 children – 40% of Obligor’s Net Resources
6 or more children – Not less than 40%
If the Obligor has children from another relationship(s), the percentages listed above may be reduced.
If the obligor’s net resources exceed $9,200.00 per month, the Court shall presumptively apply the above percentages to the first $9,200.00 of net resources. Without further reference to the percentage, the court may order additional amounts of child support.
The court may not order the obligor to pay more child support than the presumptive amount (as calculated by multiplying the above applicable percentage times $9,200.00) or an amount equal to 100% of the proven needs of the child, whichever is greater.
Net resources is defined very broadly, and income can also be imputed to a party.