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How Does Texas Calculate Child Support?

Child support is calculated using guidelines found in Texas Family Code § 154.125. When an obligor's net resources are no more than $7,500 per month, the guidelines for child support are as follows:

  • 1 child - 20% of the obligor's net resources
  • 2 children - 25% of the obligor's net resources
  • 3 children - 30% of the obligor's net resources
  • 4 children - 35% of the obligor's net resources
  • 5 children - 40% of the obligor's net resources
  • 6 or more children - Not less than the amount for 5 children

If the obligor's net monthly resources exceed $7,500, the percentages above will be applied to the obligor's income up to $7,500. The court will then determine any additional support based on the obligor's additional income and the proven needs of the child.

Who Pays Child Support in Texas With 50/50 Custody?

In Texas, even if parents have 50/50 custody, the court may still order the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the other. The courts in Texas consider many factors when determining child support, including the income of both parents, the cost of raising the child, and the time each parent spends with the child. If the parents have similar incomes and spend equal time with the child, the court may not order any child support.

However, if the parents have different incomes or spend unequal time with the child, the court may order child support to be paid from the higher-earning parent to the lower-earning parent.

The amount in child support payments varies depending on the specific circumstances of each case. However, the court will generally order child support equal to the amount needed to meet the child's basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, and healthcare.

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Child support is an important part of any divorce case. If you are looking to get a divorce or are already divorced, you need a Flower Mound & Lewisville family law attorney with the knowledge and experience to win the amount of child support that you need. You may be able to agree upon the amount of support with your spouse, but if you are not, your support order must be entered by a family law judge.

Haugen Law Firm, P.C. can help you by building a strong case to establish your income, your spouse's income, and the proven needs of your child so that a fair amount of support is ordered.

Haugen Law Firm, P.C. has a reputation for excellence. The firm focuses on preparation and can build the strongest possible case. Schedule a case evaluation today to learn exactly what a Lewisville & Flower Mound family law attorney from our law firm can do to win the support that you need. The firm also handles post-divorce modifications for child support orders, so we are equipped to fight an unfair support order on your behalf.

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