Texas Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay?

Child Support Payments Texas Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay?

Easily Determine Your Texas Child Support Payment

Heading to a Texas court for a child support case? As the noncustodial parent of a child, you are responsible for helping to maintain your child’s quality of life. If you would like an estimate for how much you might end up paying, DoNotPay can help you calculate your Texas child support payment.

Calculating Income for Child Support

Child support payments are based on the financial resources you have available to you. To calculate this, the court considers all forms of income before subtracting any financial obligations to get a more complete picture of your financial standing.

Sources of Income

Texas takes most forms of income into account when computing your child support payment.
  • Salary, wages, or other compensation for services including bonuses and commissions
  • Self-employment income
  • Interest, dividends, and capital gains
  • Retirement benefits and pensions
  • Unemployment, disability, and workers' compensation benefits
There are different considerations for military veterans.If you are a veteran who has been awarded Veterans Affairs disability benefits or non-service-connected disability pension benefits, the court will account for this when calculating your income.

To prove your monthly income and assets to the court, you must provide

  1. Income tax returns for the past two years
  2. Current pay stubs
  3. Financial statements

If the court cannot determine your income from evidence provided, they will assume the amount based on other factors like:

  • Your earnings history
  • Your assets, including your residence if applicable
  • Your criminal record
  • The number of local job opportunities for which you are eligible
  • Competitive salary for available positions

If the local job market is not a good source of information for estimating your potential unearned income, the court will calculate your income as the result of working a 40-hour workweek for the federal minimum wage.

Deductions from Gross Income

Mandatory payments are deducted from your income before your payment is calculated. Funds that are exempt from child support payments include

  • Federal income taxes
  • Social security taxes
  • Federal public assistance benefits
  • Union dues
  • Health insurance premiums for the child covered by the child support order

Computing Child Support Payments

Texas child support payments are determined by your income and the number of children covered by the court order. If your monthly net income is over $1,000, your payment amount is

  • 1 child - 20% of net income
  • 2 children - 25% of net income
  • 3 children - 30% of net income
  • 4 children - 35% of net income
  • 5 or more children - No less than 40% of net income

Parents with less than $1,000 in monthly income pay on a different schedule in Texas:

  • 1 child - 15% of net income
  • 2 children - 20% of net income
  • 3 children - 25% of net income
  • 4 children - 30% of net income
  • 5 or more children - No less than 35% of net income

These percentages assume that the children are all in the same household. If you are ordered to pay child support and have additional children to support outside of the court order, the percentage of your income that the order can require you to pay decreases.

While these guidelines are the baseline for most court-ordered payments in Texas, the final amount required may vary for a number of reasons like

  1. Age of the child
  2. Amount of access you have to the child
  3. Atypical education or healthcare costs
  4. Special needs your child may have
  5. Expenses covered by an employer, such as housing or transportation

Retroactive Child Support

If a parent has been avoiding financially supporting their child, they may be liable for retroactive child support in addition to the current payment.

For retroactive child support payments, the court will consider your ability to pay the additional funds, previous attempts to notify the noncustodial parent of paternity, and any support provided to the child before the order was filed. Retroactive child support petitions can be filed up to four years after the child's 18th birthday.

Handling Child Support Payments with DoNotPay

Custodial Parents

If you want to file a demand letter for child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


Noncustodial Parents

If you have been ordered to pay child support in Texas and would like to decrease your payment amount, DoNotPay can get you started on your appeal in just three steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
  2. Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
  3. Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf.

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