Friday, February 22, 2013

Applying Texas Child Support Guidelines to My “Net Resources”

Once you have determined your “monthly net resources” by adding all sources of income or assets you receive in a year, divided by twelve, and deducting the permitted items, you must next determine what percentage of those monthly net resources should be paid as child support.

Texas has two different charts for determining the appropriate percentage – one applies when all of the obligor’s children who require support live in one household.  The other chart applies when the obligor has children living in more than one household.

So, for example, if you have one child, the amount of your child support for that child would be 20% of your monthly net resources under Section 154.125 of the Texas Family Code (as of 2012). 

However, if you had one child (Albert) living in one household, and a second child (Beth) living in another household, the amount of your child support for Albert would be 17.5% of your monthly net resources, under the chart set forth in Section 154.129 of the Texas Family Code, because you would receive a credit for child support that you owe to Beth.

Obviously, things become very complicated very quickly if you have multiple children living in many different households. In these situations, it is a good idea to consult with a family lawyer to help you determine what amounts of child support you would owe to each individual child under Texas’ statutory guidelines.