Child Support

Child Support

Amount of Child Support

According to Texas Family Code S. 154.129, the statutory amount of child support for a party is 20% for the first child, with that increasing 5% per child up to 5 children or 40%. That amount is decreased if the party paying child support is already obligated to pay child support for other children. For example, a party paying child support that has two children in the current suit and one child for which they are already paying support has a guideline child support obligation of 22.5% of their net income.

# of children in case 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Number of 0 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 40.00 40.00
Other 1 17.50 22.50 27.38 32.20 37.33 37.71 38.00
Children for 2 16.00 20.63 25.20 30.33 35.43 36.00 36.44
Whom the 3 14.75 19.00 24.00 29.00 34.00 34.67 35.20
Obligor 4 13.60 18.33 23.14 28.00 32.89 33.60 34.18
Has a 5 13.33 17.86 22.50 27.22 32.00 32.73 33.33
Duty of 6 13.14 17.50 22.00 26.60 31.27 32.00 32.62
Support 7 13.00 17.22 21.60 26.09 30.67 31.38 32.00

 

The policy behind the guideline child support calculations is to create a simple formula, hence reducing the number of disputes regarding the amount of child support.

Modification of child support

Hardships occur, including job loss, medical bills or other unexpected life events. In these situations, it is very important that you act quickly. You may be able to get your child support lowered through a modification proceeding. However, if you fall behind then you can get yourself in a lot of trouble. Failing to pay child support is considered contempt of court, and is punishable by fine, jail or both.