Texas Child Support Calculator
An Estimate Of What Your Child Support May Be
Do all states follow the same rules to figure child support percentages? The answer is no. Each state has their own
child support law they tend to follow. To get a general idea, try the free Texas child support calculator in this
What does the court consider when determining the amount of Texas child support?
Support amounts are based on income and ability to pay according to state guidelines. Texas considers the financial
support of children to be a joint responsibility of both parents. However, in determining the amount of child support to
be paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, only the non-custodial parent's income is considered.
Support will be paid as a flat percentage of the non-custodial parent's income - minus the allowable deductions for each
child. The courts presume that the custodial parent will spend at least an equal percentage of their income
directly for supporting the children.
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How do your individual salaries affect support payments?
Even though Texas considers the financial responsibility for raising children to be a shared responsibility, only the
non-custodial parent's income is considered in calculating child support. The income of the custodial parent generally
does not come into question unless there is evidence that following the guidelines is not in the best interest of the
What if your spouse or you have a second family, stepchildren, or other children?
Yes, it does. The court will take into consideration any child support or alimony payments being made by a parent when
the amount of support is being calculated for the current divorce. If one parent is making support payments that are
not court-ordered but can proved, then that will be considered in the support amount determination.
Texas child support calculator guidelines are a complex set of formulas used to determine how support should be paid when a non-custodial parent
has children in multiple households. It is based on adding a total support obligation for all children as if they lived
in one household.
The procedure then considers the number of children involved in the current proceeding, and applies credits for support
to children who are not part of the current proceeding. There is much more involved in this particular aspect of
Without the aid of an atorney, these amounts can be difficult to calculate. The resources or needs of either parent's new
spouse or dependants may not be used to increase or decrease the child support obligation.
At what age does child support payments end?
The obligation ends when the child reaches 18 years of age or the child graduates from high school, whichever occurs
later. However, a court can order the obligation to continue for an indefinite period if the child is disabled.
A child will automatically be ineligible for child support if that child marries or is removed from a previous
disability status by a court order.
Texas custody guidelines:
Parents are encouraged to agree on parenting and custody issues. If there is no agreement between the parents, or their
agreement is not found to be in the child's best interest, then the courts will make these decisions.
In Texas, a joint or sole managing conservatorship may be awarded based on the best interests of the child and in some
cases, considering the child’s preference. The sex of the parents is not considered.
Other factors the courts consider
include: the age, circumstances, needs and best interests of the child , the parents' circumstances, any evidence of
abuse, or any other factors that the court may deem relevant.
Texas encourages joint legal custody whenever practical, based on their own considerations. The courts will not award
joint custody if there is any credible evidence of spousal or child abuse.
The courts will award joint custody if the
parents have a written parenting agreement that:
designates which parent has the exclusive right to establish the
county of primary residence of the child, establishes the geographic area of residence for the child, states the rights
and duties of each parent regarding the child's care, includes ways to minimize disruption of the child's
routine, and is in the best interests of the child.
Texas medical insurance guidelines:
The Texas court will assign a health benefit plan to be maintained, usually through either parent's employment. If there
is no health plan reasonable available, the court may order other remedies for providing health care and or insurance.
In Texas, medical insurance premiums are assumed to be the responsibility of the non-custodial parent. Medical insurance
premiums are considered an addition to the amount of support that is otherwise calculated by using the support guidelines.
Day care costs are considered after the basic support obligation is determined. The cost of day care incurred by either
parent in order to obtain or maintain employment, can be treated as a reason to deviate from the standard support
How permanent are the provisions for Texas child support and custody ?
Court orders providing for support and custody of children are subject to modifications to reflect significant changes
in income or living arrangements of the children.
Wage garnishment for child support payments:
Texas child support calculator guidelines have a provision for withholding child support directly from the earnings of the parent who has been ordered to
provide support. The payments are withheld much like income tax is withheld from earnings payments.
How does joint custody work?
Joint custody is now widely recognized by parents, courts and state legislatures as the preferred parenting plan.
Specifically, joint custody is a form of custody of minor children that requires both parents to share the responsibilities of the children, and for both parents to approve all major decisions related to the children.
Often one parent is named as the primary joint custodian and the other parent is granted visitation. The primary joint custodian typically retains the decision making power to determine the child's primary residence and school and to designate things such as the child's primary physician.
How Texas determines child visitation and custody:
When disputes arise over support payments, courts view visitation and support as separate issues. The level of support
you receive depends on your custody arrangement. If you have primary physical custody, you will receive an amount based
Parents are free to visit with their children at all times that are mutually agreed to by both parents.
However, when parents cannot agree to exactly when visitation will occur, the standard visitation schedule accepted most
everywhere in the nation is: every other weekend, four to six weeks during the summer, and alternating holidays.
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