Child Support Calculation in Texas
What is important when calculating how much child support should be paid?
Texas Family Code 154-GuidelineWhat percentage of a non-custodial parent's net income should be paid to the custodial parent. The state legislature has created a guideline for how much this number should be. A non-custodial parent is to pay 20% of his or her adjusted net income., 25% for 2 children, 30% for 3 children and 35% for 4 and 40% for 5 or more children. Credit can be given and a reduction in the percentage can be had when the same non-custodial parent has children residing with him or her and other current child support obligations.
The Process of Calculating Child Support1. Take the Obligor/NCP(non-custodial parent's monthly average gross income.
2. Eliminate taxes or potential taxes from monthly gross income to get the monthly net income.
3. Apply any available credits, such as, medical insurance provided, other children residing with NCP or other child support obligations.
4. Multiply the adjusted net income to the percentage according to the applicable guideline percentage to get the final monthly child support amount. .