When parents separate, the individual retaining primary custody of the children may be owed a certain amount of money for their care and well-being.
Child support is regulated by the Child Support Division in the Office of the Attorney General and calculated using support guidelines found in the Texas Family Code. There are a few different types of scenarios that individuals usually find themselves in regarding child support, but the most common are:
- Obtaining child support
- Enforcing child support and visitation orders
- Making modifications to divorce decrees regarding child support
- Making modifications to child support orders
- Defending against enforcement actions
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Calculating Child Support
Texas has a formula for determining the amount of child support the state “presumes” is in the child’s best interest. Child support is determined by figuring out the average net monthly resources of the paying parent and applying guidelines established by the Texas legislature. The amount a parent may receive largely depends on his or her financial needs, meaning that most forms of income will be considered in the process of determining support amounts, including wages, benefits, and stock dividends.
The following are some of the person’s primary financial obligations that are then deducted from this gross income:
- Federal income taxes for one person with one personal deduction plus the standard deduction
- Social Security withholdings
- The premium expenses of a child’s medical insurance
When this amount is divided into net monthly resources, a parent may expect to receive the following percentage of that figure in child support:
- 20% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 30% for three children
- 35% for four children
- 40% for five children
- Not under 40% for six or more child
On September 1, 2013, the maximum amount of monthly net resources from which child support can be calculated rose from $7500 per month to $8550 per month.