In Texas, child support is calculated using state guidelines that take into account the parents’ incomes and the number of children. Here are the key points of the Texas child support guidelines:
- Percentage of net resources: In Texas, child support is calculated based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s net resources. The percentage varies based on the number of children that need support.
- Income definition: For the purposes of child support, “net resources” are defined as the non-custodial parent’s gross income minus certain deductions, such as taxes and Social Security contributions.
- Cap on net resources: There is a cap on the amount of net resources that can be used to calculate child support. For example, in 2022, the cap is $12,000 per month.
- Percentage breakdown: The percentage of net resources that must be paid for child support is based on the number of children that need support. For example, if there is one child, the percentage is 20% of the non-custodial parent’s net resources. If there are two children, the percentage is 25%.
- Additional expenses: In addition to the basic child support amount, the non-custodial parent may be required to pay for additional expenses, such as healthcare costs and childcare expenses.
- Deviation from guidelines: In some cases, the court may deviate from the guidelines if there is evidence that the calculated amount is not appropriate or that it would be unjust or inappropriate.
It is important to note that the guidelines are intended to provide a starting point for determining child support, but the specific circumstances of each case may result in different calculations. Austin Law PLLC can help navigate the child support calculation process and ensure that the final amount is fair and appropriate.