Child Support


Texas has a standard formula for calculating child support. Basically it is 20% of net resources if there is one child. (25% for two, and increasing percentages for more children). “Net resources” is NOT what you bring home. Generally, it is your total income from all sources, minus federal income taxes, social security taxes, and what you pay for health insurance on the child. Also, if you are legally obligated to support other children – such as from a previous or subsequent marriage – then that will affect the amount of child support you pay on the child/children in question.

Not Paying Child Support


Texas has a standard formula for calculating child support. Basically it is 20% of net resources if there is one child. (25% for two, and increasing percentages for more children). “Net resources” is NOT what you bring home. Generally, it is your total income from all sources, minus federal income taxes, social security taxes, and what you pay for health insurance on the child. Also, if you are legally obligated to support other children – such as from a previous or subsequent marriage – then that will affect the amount of child support you pay on the child/children in question.

Modification (Increasing or Decreasing) Child Support


In this economy, people often find themselves deep in debt and unable to pay child support, or at least the full amount on time. If your financial situation changes, it is important to seek a modification of the amount of child support you owe as soon as possible! It is good to be optimistic about your future, but the further behind you get, the harder it will be to catch up.

Many people have gotten reductions in child support due to the loss of a job. As the economy continues to improve, we will hopefully see salaries starting to return to pre-recession levels. However, adjustments of child support are not generally automatic. If you receive child support and find yourself in this situation, you many need to take affirmative steps to increase child support.

Visitation and Child Support


Do NOT make the mistake of thinking that if you are denied your visitation, you are entitled to stop paying your child support. The two issues are separate, and one is NOT dependent on the other. The only way to change or stop child support is by court order. There are many arguments you can make to increase or decrease child support, however you must make them to the court first.