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Karen C. Caton

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McKINNEY, TEXAS 75070-0387

Karen C. Caton*(972) 562-0777
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What is Standard Child Support in Texas?

  • The Texas Family Code sets guidelines for child support according to the following schedule:
1 child
2 children
3 children
4 children
5 children
6 + children
20% of Obligor's Net Resources
25% of Obligor's Net Resources
30% of Obligor's Net Resources
35% of Obligor's Net Resources
40% of Obligor's Net Resources
Not less than 40%

If the payor has children from another relationship, the percentages listed above may be reduced.

If the payor net resources exceed $6,000.00 per month, the Court applies the above percentages to the first $6,000.00 of net resources. The court may order additional amounts of child support. The court may not order the obligor to pay more child support than the presumptive amount (as calculated by multiplying the above applicable percentage times $6,000.00) or an amount equal to 100% of the proven needs of the child, whichever is greater.

Net resources is defined very broadly, and can include cash flow other than actual income, and income can also be imputed to a party.

In addition to monthly child support payments, the payor must provide health insurance for the children. The Court usually enters additional orders resolving the payment of deductibles and other uninsured expenses.

All Orders dealing with child support must now be accompanied by an Order of Withholding., which is presented to the payor's employer, to secure deductions directly from the payor's paychecks.

Absent marriage or other acts which would emancipate the child, child support orders continue until the child reaches age 18. If the child is in high school at age 18, support continues until high school graduation. If the child is disabled, child support can continue for an indefinite period. Texas law makes no provision for support during college, or the payment of college expenses. However, this can be done by a contract between the parties if an agreement can be reached on this issue.