How much is child support in Texas?

How much is child support in Texas?

May 27, 2024
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The amount of child support in Texas depends on several factors, mainly how many children will be covered. Per Texas child support laws, if you have one child, the amount of child support will be 20% of your monthly income. If you have two children, the amount increases to 25% of your monthly income, and so on. To learn more about child support requirements in Texas, you can speak with an experienced Southlake family law attorney.

How much should a father pay for child support in Texas? 

First, note that the obligor, or parent that is responsible for paying child support in Texas, is not always the father. The obligee, or parent receiving child support payments, is not always the mother. 

In Texas, the parent receiving child support is usually the parent who has primary custody of the child. This is the parent who is responsible for most of the costs and living expenses associated with raising a child. 

The calculation of child support is often fairly straightforward and depends on the monthly income of the obligator, the parent who pays child support. The guideline calculations depend on the number of children you are supporting and start at twenty percent of your net monthly income for one child. 

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What is the maximum child support for one child in Texas?

There is a maximum monthly amount of child support for one child in Texas. The maximum net monthly income that can be used to determine child support is $9,200 a month. For one child, the child support amount would be twenty percent, or $1,840 a month received. The courts may raise or lower the amount of monthly child support payments required, but the maximum amount is typically $1,840 for a single child. 

How much can child support take from paycheck in Texas?

While there is a maximum amount that the courts will require for a monthly child support payment, there is often a penalty for those who have missed payments. These payments can often be claimed retroactively and withheld directly from your paycheck

According to Texas law, up to fifty percent of your wages can be garnished in order to pay child support. On top of this, there can be an additional five percent penalty added if you are more than twelve weeks overdue on your payments. This rule is put in place to help protect those who rely on child support payments in order to provide financial support for the children that are in their custody. 

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If you are facing child support payments and are wondering how much you will owe or if you are unsure of it you or the child’s other parent will be financially responsible it is advisable to seek the guidance of an experienced Southlake Texas family law attorney. The team at MBH Fort Worth Family Law is here to help. Call us today at 817-476-7964 or schedule a free initial consultation online to learn more about your options.

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