Typically, the parent awarded primary custody will be ordered to pay child support. The amount of support ordered will vary based on the individual circumstances of the case.The guidelines for the amount of support ordered are as follows:Estimated Income: Add 50% to the gross monthly income that would be reported on a parent’s federal tax return. For married couples filing jointly, this is the higher of their gross incomes or the combined adjusted gross income. For unmarried couples filing separately, this is the higher of their applicable respective gross incomes. For divorced parents, each parent’s applicable individual gross income may be used (or median income if unavailable).Estimated Expenses: Add 50% to the expenses that would be reported on a parent’s federal tax return. Depending on the circumstances of each case, this could include either all or some portion of day care, after school, or other care and related expenses. These items would need to be reasonably specific and verifiable. Additionally, these figures do not include any necessary educational costs that are not included in an applicant’s income (such as private school tuition). For example, if you provide your child with an allowance to cover these items, 50% of that allowance would be added to your eligibility estimate for child support purposes (not all allowances are provided equally).
What is the standard child support in Texas?
In Texas, child support is calculated using the Table IV-A, which is based on the percentage of combined income each parent earns. The actual amount of support will be determined by the court based on the needs of the child and the ability of each parent to provide that support.The standard child support obligation in Texas is:1 child – $150 per month2 children – $216 per month3 children – $252 per month4 children – $288 per month5 children – $324 per month6 children – $360 per month7 children – $396 per month8 children – $432 per month9 children – $468 per month10 children or more – $504 per month