Child Support in Texas
The obligation to provide child support applies equally to men and women. The courts may order support payments from either parent or both parents, until the child reaches 18 years old and graduates from high school. Except by agreement of the parties, child support is now automatically deducted from the person’s wages and paid by the Texas Attorney General to the recipient parent. Child support is calculated pursuant to net resource guidelines provided by the Texas legislature (depending on the number of children supported by that person). There are also many other complex factors the court may consider in determining child support. As a Texas Board Certified attorney, I can give you expert advise in resolving your child support concerns, so please contact me for your free private consultation at 713-960-9696.
The starting point the Court uses to calculate child support is found in the following child support guidelines:
1 child 20% of obligor’s net resources
2 children 25% of obligor’s net resources
3 children 30% of obligor’s net resources
4 children 35% of obligor’s net resources
If the obligor (the person who must pay child support) has children other than those involved in the current divorce/proceeding, different percentages apply.
Many income items can make up an obligor’s net resources. Net resources includes all wage and salary income and other compensation for personal services, interest, dividends, royalty income, self-employment income and net rental income, less social security taxes and federal income tax withholding for a single person claiming one personal exemption and the standard deduction. Other deductions may also be available. The guidelines apply to the first $7,500.00 of net resources per month. When net resources are above $7,500.00 per month, the court has discretion to set additional child support, based on the needs of the child.
Except in very unusual situations, child support is now paid by wage withholding from the obligor’s employer, and paid through the State Disbursement Unit in San Antonio. The State Disbursement Unit keeps records on when payments are received from payors, and when those payments are sent out to the recipients.