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How is child support calculated?

Texas law sets the following general guidelines for calculating child support. Child support based on these guidelines is called “guideline child support.”

1 child = 20% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

2 children = 25% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

3 children = 30% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

4 children = 35% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

5 children = 40% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

6 or more children = not less than 40% of the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources

See Texas Family Code chapter 154.125.

For example, if the noncustodial parent’s average monthly net resources is $3000, then guideline child support for two children would be $750 per month. ($3,000 x 25%).

If you have more than one child together, the amount of child support ordered will “step down” as child support ends for each child. Using the same example, if you have two children guideline child support would step down from $750 per month ($3,000 x 25%) to $600 per month ($3,000 x 20%) when the oldest child turns 18 and graduates from high school. See Texas Family Code chapter 154.127.

You can use the Texas Attorney General Child Support Calculator to calculate guideline child support.

Note: Guideline child support is slightly different if the noncustodial parent has other children.

 

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