Child Support


     In family courts, there are specific rules for calculating child support. The person who receives child support is known as the “obligee,” and the person who owes the child support is the “obligor.” In addition to the child support amount calculated under the guidelines described below, the obligor is usually also required to pay for the child’s medical insurance and half of the child’s unreimbursed medical expenses.

Resources

     Under the child support guidelines, the amount of child support that the obligee will receive depends upon the obligor’s resources. Resources includes: Resources do not include:

Net Resources

     After adding up the obligor’s total resources, the court deducts the following items to arrive at the “net resources:”
$6,000 per month is presumed to be the maximum amount of net resources subject to child support, unless there is a need for more based on the child’s lifestyle or proven needs. In some cases, the net monthly resources is the same as the net monthly income calculated in the: Texas Attorney General Tax Charts

     The final step in calculating the amount of child support is to multiply the obligor’s net resources by 20% for one child, 25% for two children, 30% for three children, 35% for four children, etc. These percentages are reduced when the obligor has one or more other children for which they have a legal obligation of support. Also, the maximum child support that an obligor can be made to pay from one or more child support orders is 50% of their net resources.

     On rare occasions, a person can get more than the “guidelines” amount for child support, but only if the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances. Some of the factors that the court will consider when determining whether the guidelines are unjust or inappropriate are the child’s age and needs, the parents'abilities to support the child, the financial resources available for support of the child, the parents’ possession of the child, the net resources of the obligee, child care expenses, and whether either parent has managing conservatorship or actual physical custody of another child.