Child support reference
Once you’ve established the noncustodial parent’s net monthly income, multiply that number by a percentage that’s determined by how many children the paying parent is supporting.
1 child = multiply the monthly net income by 20%
2 children = multiply the monthly net income by 25%
3 children = multiply the monthly net income by 30%
4 children = multiply the monthly net income by 35%
5 children = multiply the monthly net income by 40%
For 6 or more children, the amount must be at least the same as for five children
Example Support Calculation
Support calculation for a parent with $2,000 net monthly income and two children: $2,000 (net monthly income) x .25 (25% for two children) = $500 per month in monthly child support.
If a payingparent’s net income is greater than $7,500 per month, the child supportcalculation applies only to the first $7,500; after that, the court may orderadditional support if the circumstances warrant a higher payment—but theadditional amount can be no greater than “the proven needs of the child.” Aparent who believes that guideline support is too high or too low can ask thecourt to make an adjustment, and there’s a long list of factors that the judgecan consider, in Texas Family Code Section 154.123. Note, a parent who has anobligation to support multiple children living in different households will payslightly less than the guideline amount for children living in the samehousehold, based on some rather complicated calculations contained in TexasFamily Code Section 154.128. Learn more about Child Custody.
This is in addition to spousal maintenance, insurance and care for when you are working.