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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Child support is typically based upon a percentage of net resources of the non custodial parent, not based upon "what is covered", what can be added, etc... Include the following income to compute annual gross income:
- One hundred percent of all wage and salary income and other compensation for personal services (including commissions, overtime pay, tips, and bonuses);
- Interest, dividends, and royalty income;
- Self-employment income;
- Net rental income (rent after deducting operating expenses and mortgage payments, but not including non-cash items such as depreciation); and
- All other income actually being received, including severance pay, retirement pay, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, disability and workers’ compensation benefits, interest income from notes regardless of the source, gifts and prizes, spousal maintenance, child support, and alimony.
Do not include:
- Return of principal or capital on a note not included in net resources;
- Accounts receivable;
- Benefits paid through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
- Payments for foster care; or
- Net resources of a new spouse.
Then he can deduct from this amount any medical care being paid monthly (such as insurance premium) for the child. After that is computed, the percentage (found below) is applied to the income.
The maximum child support payment in Texas is capped at a percentage of $8,550 average net monthly resources. So the maximum amount of child support for one child is $1500 per month and $1875 for two. The cap on the maximum average net monthly resource amount will be adjusted every six years according to inflation beginning in 2007. If the average net monthly resources are $7,500 or less, the amount of child support is calculated as a percentage of the actual average net monthly resources:
One Child 20% of net resources
Two Children 25% of net resources
Three Children 30% of net resources
Four Children 35% of net resources
Five Children 40% of net resources
Six Children Not less than 40% of net resources
So it's not about what it "covers" and "what can be added", but rather how much he makes and the number of children that will be covered. That's going to be the child support payment that is owed.
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