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Understanding Child Support in Texas

Helpful Information from The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C. in Kerrville, Texas

Whether you have been granted custody of your children or not, it is important that you understand how child support is determined, and what factors the court will consider when granting child support. This blog post addresses how child support is calculated and identifies the criteria used by the Texas courts to establish a right to child support.

In Texas, as in many states, either party may be ordered to pay child support. In some rare instances, both parties may be ordered to pay support.

To determine whether child support should be paid and the amount of child support, the courts will examine a wide range of issues, including:

  • the age and needs of the children
  • the ability of both parents to contribute to the support of the child
  • the financial resources each parent has available to support the child
  • who has physical custody and how much access each parent has to the child
  • whether there are necessary child care expenses
  • whether the child needs health insurance coverage and who is paying for it
  • any special educational needs the child may have, including college expenses
  • whether the non-custodial parent has other children for whom child support is paid
  • any unique or other special needs of the child

To determine the amount of child support to be paid by a non-custodial parent, the court first conducts a net income calculation. The court will take into account all sources of income, including wages, commissions, overtime, bonuses, disability payments, investment or royalty income, or even retirement income, as well as gifts or even alimony from a prior marriage. The court will then deduct income and Social Security taxes, as well as union dues and health insurance premium or medical expenses for the children.

Once net income has been established, the amount of support paid is determined by multiplying by a specific rate, based on the number of children for who support is paid, according to the following schedule:

  • One child-20%
  • Two children-25%
  • Three children-30%
  • Four children-35%
  • Five or more children-40%


At The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C., we have more than 10 years of practice experience. To schedule a personal and confidential meeting with an experienced Kerrville child support attorney, e-mail us or call us at (830) 331-5977.