I pay child support on my first child with my first relationship. I am planning on paying child support on my second child of my second relationship but am kind of worried on how much they will take. I currently give her money myself but want to make it legal due to recent disagreements we've had. I'm not where I was at before financially so that's what's worrying me.
Usually the Court uses the chart in Family Code Section 154.129. You will pay between 20% and 16% for each plus health insurance.
Ms. Laster practices in Dalla
You're probablty aware it's normally 20% of your net income for 1 child in TX. When you have another child to support, you get a break on the first child and only pay 17.5% of your net.
So in your case, since you have 2 independent kids from 2 different moms, you'll pay 17.5% of your net income towards each kid. You can do 17.5% for the new child now and then go modify your first order for the older child down to 17.5%. Note whatever your total obligations, your employer will not take more than 50% of your pay, you have to live too. Seek an attorney to help with your modification.
The fact that you have another child you are legally obligated to support will result in child support being calculated based upon 17.5% of your net monthly resources instead of usual 20% for one child. The new court order may also serve as a basis to modify the child support obligation on the first child if the reduced percentage (17.5% down from 20%) would result in a significant enough decrease to justify the modification. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area to make sure support orders are accurate and appropriate orders are put in place for conservatorship and visitation and access to the child.
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