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Texas Child Support

To determine child support, Texas divorce courts use the percentage of income formula. The amount of child support is calculated as a percentage of the parent's income who is ordered to pay child support. To determine the percent of income the parent should pay in child support, the Texas divorce court factors in the number of children requiring support.

Under Texas divorce law, either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support - whether periodic, lump-sum or both. Specific official child support guidelines are outlined in Texas divorce law and are presumed reasonable and in the best interest of the child. The child support factors taken into consideration include:

  • Age and needs of the child
  • Each parent's ability to contribute to supporting the child
  • Financial resources available for supporting the child
  • How much child custody was assigned and access given to each parent
  • Parents' net resources to pay child support, including earning potential if the actual income is significantly less than what a parent could earn, if intentionally unemployed or underemployed
  • Childcare expenses
  • Health care or insurance provisions
  • If a parent has custody or paying child support expenses for other children from previous relationships
  • Amount of Texas alimony being paid or received
  • Education or health care needs of the child, including college child support
  • Any benefits a parent received from an employer
  • A parent's debts or obligations
  • Cost of traveling to visit the child
  • Positive or negative cash flow from any assets, including a business or investments
  • Any wage or salary deductions of a parent
  • Special or extraordinary educational, health care or other expenses of the parents or child
  • Whether either parents has a car or housing furnished by an employer or other person or business
  • Other relevant factors to determining child support

The Texas divorce court may order either parent provide health insurance coverage for the child, as well as income withholding to help with Texas child support enforcement.

To modify child support in Texas, there must be a material and substantial change in the circumstances of a person affected by the order. It may also be able to petition for child support modification if it has been three years since the last child support order and a difference in monthly payment by either 20% or $100 from the child support guidelines.

To learn more about child support guidelines in Texas, connect with a local Texas divorce lawyer. With the help of a Texas divorce attorney, you can figure out how much child support you can expect to pay or receive after divorce. Get in touch today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out the Texas divorce case review form below. Learn about protecting the financial futures of you and your child with legal divorce advice.

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The above synopsis of Texas divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Texas divorce lawyer in your area.

Texas divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.