Calculating Child Support in Texas
As a starting point, Texas courts begin with the “Texas Guidelines” for child support, which utilizes percentages of “net resources” of the paying spouse (or “obligor”). Computing net resources is an important and complex task that has direct consequences for the child. The manner and frequency in which a parent is paid can impact what is set as net resources.
For instance, calculating percent may work differently for someone paid hourly vs someone who receives a salary. Additional payments such as commission, bonuses, and benefits are also considered.
Percent of Net Resources Applied
The percentages to the right apply to cases in which the paying parent has net resources of $7,500 or less (as referenced in Texas Family Code Sec. 154.125). These percentages are only a guideline, as the amount ordered in any particular case depends on many factors.
Calculating payment amount can be more complex if a parent is self-employed or has multiple jobs. Net resources also take into account money from other sources such as rentals and other income-producing property.
Texas Child Support Payment Calculator
You can get a rough idea of what to expect using the calculator on the Texas Attorney General website. Having a family attorney working with you ensure that the agreed payments are appropriate.