How is child support calculated?
Generally, the non-custodial parent must provide the custodial parent with child support. The child support amount is impacted by various factors, such as:
- The non-custodial parent’s income
- The non-custodial parent prior/current child support obligations
- The non-custodial parent access to reasonable health insurance for the child
- The child’s needs (i.e. private school, medical issues, newborns, special needs, etc.)
To get an idea of what your monthly child support would be, you can use the calculator at https://csapps.oag.texas.gov/monthly-child-support-calculator.
Generally, the child support calculator will take the non-custodial parent’s gross income and subtract the following to obtain the net income: Social Security taxes, Federal income taxes, State income taxes, union dues, and expenses for health insurance coverage for the child. Once you obtain the net income, you would multiply it by a certain percentage depending on how many children are involved and/or if the non-custodial parent is already obligated to financially support other children.
Did you know that every THREE (3) years, any party has the right to request that the Texas Attorney General review the amount being paid for child support. However, to make the request, your requested change in the amount of support must be more than 20% of the existing order.
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