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How Child Support is Calculated in Texas

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Child Support, Medical Support and now Dental Support in 2018


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Under current Texas law, the Family Code requires that the non-custodial parent pay child support to the custodial parent.   It is presumed to be in the best interest of the child that the obligor (parent responsible for paying support) pay child support in an amount determined by the guidelines set under Chapter 154 of the Texas Family Code.  Read the following articles for more information about the child support guidelines:

Medical Support in Texas

The Texas Family Code also requires that the court order a parent to provide medical coverage at a reasonable cost for the child (Tex. Fam. Code 154.181).  The cost of the medical insurance premium for the child, among other things, are deducted from the obligor’s gross monthly to compute a net monthly income of which the guidelines are applied.  The Code defines “reasonable cost” as no more than nine percent of the obligor’s annual income.

Dental Support in Texas

Effective September 1, 2018, courts began ordering the obligor to cover dental insurance at a reasonable cost for children as well.  The cost of dental premiums will also be deducted from the obligor’s gross monthly resources to compute child support. The Code defines “reasonable cost” for dental coverage as no more than 1.5 percent of an obligor’s annual resources.  In short, the obligor will now pay medical support and dental support in addition to child support beginning next year.

Contact an Experienced Child Support Attorney today.

If you are facing the possibility of paying support, contact your Houston Divorce lawyer at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C.  We can calculate your potential support amount or review a support order put in place previously.

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Houston Child Support Lawyer: Above the Guidelines

Child Support in Texas: Courts can Order an Amount above the Guidelines

As mentioned in a previous post, the Texas Family Code establishes guidelines for the courts to follow when ordering child support.  The guidelines translate to a percentage of an obligor’s net monthly income, which is also explained in that post. Client’s often ask if the guideline maximum amount of child support per month ($1,710.00 for one child, $2,137.50 for two and so one) is absolute.  As a Houston child support lawyer, I have to tell them, no.  Though not common, a court does have discretion to deviate from the guidelines if the evidence indicates that the guideline amount is not in the child’s best interest and it warrants a variance from the guidelines. The courts can look at the age and needs of the child, the financials of both parents, day care costs, etc. when determining the amount of support an obligor should pay.

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Houston Child Support Lawyer: Child Support in Texas

Child Support Calculations in Texas

Child support in Texas follows guidelines set out in the Texas Family Code, Chapter 154.  The guidelines assign percentages of net income based on the number of children the obligor (person responsible for paying child support) has a duty to support.  The child support guidelines are applied to only the first $8,550 of net income per month.  Read more below from Shawn M. Rudisel, your Houston child support lawyer.

Net Income is all income (including overtime) minus taxes, union dues and the cost of health insurance for the obligor’s child ordered by a court. A spouse’s income is not considered for the purposes of calculating child support.

The Texas Child Support guidelines are as follows:

  • 1 Child = 20% of Obligor’s net income
  • 2 Children = 25% of Obligor’s net income
  • 3 Children = 30% of Obligor’s net income
  • 4 Children = 35% of Obligor’s net income
  • 5 Children = 40% of Obligor’s net income

These percentages may be lower if the Obligor has other children he or she is under an obligation to support. Courts may also deviate from the guidelines and order additional amounts of Texas child support depending on the income of the parties and the proven needs of the child or children.

If you have questions regarding child support in Texas please contact a Houston child support lawyer at The Rudisel Law Firm, P.C.

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