Calculating Child Support in Texas
In Texas, child support is calculated by looking at the total monthly resources of the person paying support.
When the monthly resources of the person obligated to pay support are $7,500 or less, Texas courts apply the following scheme:
1 child: 20% of net resources
2 children: 25%
3 children: 30%
4 children: 35%
5 children: 40%
6 or more children: 40% or more
The term “net resources” is defined very broadly. Of course, it refers to reported income, but it can also refer to income that was not reported, but should have been. In addition, the person paying child support is required to maintain the children on his or her employee health insurance policy. If such insurance is not available to the parent who has to pay support, but is available to the other parent, the supporting parent will have to pay the premiums. If such insurance is not available to either party, the supporting parent will have to provide health insurance to the greatest extent that is affordable.
In Texas, the duty to pay child support continues until the child turns 18, or graduates high school, whichever comes later. The duty may terminate if the child marries, or becomes emancipated in some other way. If the child becomes permanently disabled, the duty to pay support in Texas can continue indefinitely. A qualified Texas lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a claim.
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Last Modified: 09-06-2012 08:57 AM PDT
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