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How is child support calculated in Texas?

If you are a Texas father and you and your child’s mother are no longer together romantically, you may be working toward a child support arrangement with your former partner. Regardless of whether you are on the giving or receiving end of a child support arrangement, you may be wondering how much you can expect to have to pay or receive, and in Texas, the answer is usually relatively straightforward.

Per the Texas Attorney General, the first step in formalizing a child support arrangement in Texas involves applying for child support services via the attorney general website. Next, you and your former partner will need to attend a negotiation conference to attempt to work through such matters, and if you are unable to agree on terms, the court will ultimately set them on your behalf.

In terms of exactly how much you can anticipate paying or receiving in child support, your answer will typically come down to two things: how much you make after paying taxes and how many kids you currently support. If you or your former partner only support one child, the noncustodial parent can expect to pay 20 percent of his or her net income in child support.

If the noncustodial parent is supporting two children, he or she must pay 25 percent of his or her net income, and if supporting three children, that amount climbs to 30 percent. If you or your child’s other parent is a noncustodial parent supporting four children, you, he or she must pay 35 percent of net income, whereas if you or he or she support five or more kids, child support typically takes 40 percent of a noncustodial parent’s income.

This information about Texas child support guidelines is informational in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice.


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