Calculating Child Support in Texas

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How Child Support Is Calculated 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:

For example, if there are two children involved, then the person who is obligated to support must pay 25% of his net resources. So, if that person makes only $4000 per month, then he owes $1000 in child support.

What Does "Net Resources" Mean?

The term "net resources" is defined very broadly. It refers to reported income on a person’s tax return. However, it can also refer to non-reported income that should have been reported.

Duty to Provide Health Insurance

In addition, the person paying child support is required to include 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.

How Long Does Child Support Last?

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. But if the child becomes permanently disabled, the duty to pay support in Texas can continue indefinitely.

Consulting an Attorney

A qualified Texas lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for a claim.

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Last Modified: 02-27-2014 04:58 PM PST

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