Description: The article is about child support texas login. This is an introduction on how to calculate child support in Texas. The author introduces the normal formula in calculating the child support in Texas, he also gives an example to show how to do the calculation.
Calculating child support under Texas law is straightforward. The state legislature has decreed what’s called guideline child support. They’ve provided a chart that says what portion of a non-custodial parent’s income should be paid to the custodial parent. The chart is available in chapter 154 of the Texas Family code.
It is available in a formatted version on my blog yourchildsupportlawyer.com/calculate. The chart shows that the non-custodial parent should pay 20% of his adjusted next income to the custodial parent for 1 child, 25% of his next income for 2 kids, 30% of his next income for 3, 35% for 4, and 40 % of his next income for 5 or more kids.
If the non-custodial parent has other children that he is paying support for through a court order or has other kids who live with him, the non-custodial parent gets a discount on the percentage. For example, if an obligor needs to pay 20% of his net for 1 child but he has another child living at home with him, he’ll only pay 17.5% of his next income instead of paying 20% of his next income.
The kids living with the obligor must be his biological or adopted children. In my experience, especially from my time at the Attorney General’s office, most child support cases will only have one to 2 children. Sometimes the obligor may have 1 or 2 additional kids in the home for whom he deserves credit.
How do you calculate child support? You need to do 4 steps. First, you can start off with the obligor’s monthly average gross income. Second, you can take out the taxes to get his monthly net income. Third, you can give him his credits to get his adjusted net income, finally, you can multiply his adjusted net income by his percentage, that might depend on the number of kids he has.
For example, we have a non-custodial parent with one child, that’s 20%, he makes an average monthly gross income of $4,000. We’ll take his $4,000 gross amount and deduct his taxes, for tax year 2017 the amount is $737.16 each month, this leaves him with a monthly net income of $3,262.84.
Next, we can give him his credit for other things such as the medical insurance he might provide in order to get his adjusted net income. Finally, you can apply his percentage on the chart to his adjusted net. If in our scenario he’s not entitled to any credits, we can simply take 20% of his $3262.84 net for our one child, the amount of monthly child support becomes $652.57.
I know the most complicated part of that calculation process is knowing how much taxes to take out to get the net. Thankfully, the TX Attorney General tax charts help a lot with that. You can see the link for the TX AG tax charts when you are calculating child support in Texas. If you want to learn more about calculating support, you can read my other advanced calculations tutorials.