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The Percentage of Income Formula in Texas

In Texas divorce cases, the child support laws use the Percentage of Income Formula to calculate how much support the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent. The formula applies a percentage to the income that the non-custodial parent earns. This percentage is based on the number of children that need support.

The Texas divorce court may order that both parents pay child support for a child that is under the age of 18, or until the child graduates from high school. In some cases, the child support will continue until the child is married or until the child passes away. If the child is disabled, then child support can often continue indefinitely.

In most percentage of income calculations, only one parent's income is considered. This means that oftentimes just the non-custodial parent is considered in this situation. The Percentage of Income model has two variations: the Varying Percentage Model and the Flat Percentage Model.

In Texas, the courts have established a formula which calculates the amount that a noncustodial parent should pay for child support. If the non-custodial parent's net monthly income is less than $7,500 then the Texas law has established guidelines. A parent must generally pay 20% for one child, 25% for two children, 30% for three children, 35% for four children, and 40% for five children. Special rules may apply when there is split or joint placement factors.

If you are currently seeking child support, or are a non-custodial parent that has been asked to provide child support, then you need to talk with an attorney at the firm today. With the right lawyer there to help you, you may be able to arrive at a satisfactory solution to your child support situation. Don't hesitate to contact a Plano family attorney at the firm right away to learn more!