How is child support calculated in Texas?
Texas has established child support guidelines, which are presumed to be the appropriate level of support to be paid by
the noncustodial parent. Under the guidelines, child support is set based on the "net resources" of the noncustodial parent
(called the "obligor") and the number of children supported. The guideline amounts are as follows:
The term "net resources" includes all of the obligor's income (i.e. wages, salary, commissions, tips, bonuses, self-
employment income, rental income, interest, capital gains, pensions, retirement income, social security, unemployment
compensation, etc.), from which the court must deduct the following:
- Federal income tax based on the tax rate for a single person claiming one personal exemption and the standard
- Expenses for health insurance coverage for the obligor's child(ren).
In some cases, the court may deviate from the presumed guideline amount based on specific circumstances, such as special
needs of the child(ren), or any number of special or unusual circumstances.
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||20% of Obligor's Net Resources
||25% of Obligor's Net Resources
||30% of Obligor's Net Resources
||35% of Obligor's Net Resources
||40% of Obligor's Net Resources
||Not less than the amount for 5 children