Texas Child Support Calculator
The method used in calculating Texas child support payments for a non-custodial parent who earns $7,500.00 or less monthly are:
• 20% of net income to support 1 child;
• 25% of net income to support 2 children;
• 30% of net income to support 3 children;
• 35% of net income to support 4 children; and
• 40% of net income to support 5 children.
For earnings exceeding the $7,500 limit, the court decides what the final monthly support payments should be. This is where an experienced Dallas child support lawyer can be a real benefit.
A Dallas child support lawyer may be able to negotiate with the judge or OAG for a lesser amount to be paid if there are multiple children living in different households being supported.
Payments for child support can be expected to be made until the child is 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever is later. This will apply as long as the child is enrolled in school and meets the minimum attendance requirements outlined by the school. An exception to this rule may apply if the child becomes emancipated either by marriage or a court order.
For children with a disability, child support could be instructed to continue indefinitely.
Another responsibility assigned to the non-custodial parent is paying for the child’s health insurance. This may mean maintaining it through an employer or paying the premiums of the custodial parent’s health insurance.
What Constitutes Net Income
Net income in the state of Texas is based on all wage and salary income as well as commissions, overtime pay, tips and bonuses. Additionally, any money earned in interest, dividends and royalties will be calculated as available income.
Money earned from rental properties after operating expenses and mortgages are deducted is considered part of one’s net income. However, non-cash items associated with rentals, such as depreciation, are not considered part of these earnings.
Other earnings subject to net income totals may include retirement benefits, severance pay, trust income, pensions, annuities, Social Security benefits, capital gains, unemployment benefits, Workers’ Compensation benefits, disability benefits, interest income from notes despite of the source, spousal maintenance and alimony, and gifts and prizes.
Net income that should not be calculated in Texas child support payments is any earnings from a new spouse, any return on principal or capital, welfare, or accounts receivable.
Contacting a Texas Child Support Lawyer
There are specifics governing child support laws in Texas, but there also is room for negotiation. The attorneys at Warren & Migliaccio have years of experience, and we’ll use that training to provide you peace of mind for the future, whatever the circumstances of your family law situation. From the initial consultation until the day your child custody arrangements are finalized, our Texas family lawyer team at Warren & Migliaccio is here to advocate on behalf of you and your children. Contact our Dallas law firm today at 1-888-584-9614.