The obligor (the person ordered to pay child support) pays 20% of his/her net resources for one child and 5% for each additional child. This percentage shall not exceed 50% of the obligor's net resources.
Net resources are defined as follows: 100 of all wages and salary (commission, overtime, tips, bonuses), interests dividends and royalty income, self -employed income, net rental income, severance, retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security (other than supplemental security income) unemployment benefits, disability and worker's compensation, interest income, gifts and prizes, spousal maintenance and alimony.
The following employment benefits are considered as income: expense accounts, home internet services, reimbursable meals, cell phone provided by employer, gasoline expense reimbursement, car insurance, country club dues, car repairs, pretax plans for medical and child care.
If obligor's pay is not consistent due to overtime, commissions, or bonuses the Court will normally calculate income on an annual basis and average the monthly amount to ensure that there is a true picture of income received even if the pay fluctuates. The Court may even take an average of income over 2 or 3 years.
CALCULATING CHILD SUPPORT
The Office of the Attorney General in Texas revises tax charts annually for social security taxes and federal income tax. These numbers are used as a standard deduction for taxes when determining an obligor's net resources.
LENGTH OF TIME
Absent a disability child support terminates on 18th birthday and graduation from high school.
WHERE IS THE CHILD SUPPORT PAID
Until an account is set up the obligor pays the money directly to the obligee. Once a Temporary Order or Final Decree or Final Order is entered the obligor pays The Texas State Disbursement Unit. This Unit is federally mandated entity responsible for collection and disbursement of child support funds, they keep records of all monies paid.
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