What Factors Are Involved In Child Support Calculation?

The determination of child support in Texas is largely driven by a calculation. These guidelines have been designed to take numerous factors into account in an effort to reach a fair payment. While the calculation might seem rigid, there is a great deal of flexibility built in to account for different needs of the children. In the hands of a skilled family law attorney, you can navigate this process quickly and efficiently.

At The Barbknecht Firm, P.C., we have 30 years of experience helping clients in Plano and communities throughout Texas with divorce and other family law matters. Typically, there are certain factors that must be addressed in the calculation of child support, such as:

  • Educational expenses
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Medical insurance premiums
  • Medical procedures not covered by insurance
  • Special needs costs
  • Child care costs

While the determination of child support is largely dependent on income and custody, it is wise to let your lawyer include these factors into the calculation.

Certain factors must not be considered in the determination of child support payments, including:

  • Whether the payer has a history of voluntary support which was above the guidelines amount
  • The sex of any of the parties
  • The marital status of the child's parents

These calculations might seem complex and frustrating. With an experienced lawyer by your side, though, the process can run simply and smoothly. At The Barbknecht Firm, P.C., we have decades of experience representing clients through divorce and other family law matters. We understand the significance of accurate support payments — and the impact a drawn-out negotiation might have. Turn to us for strong, effective representation.

In addition, parents can clarify their situation by matching how many children they have versus the Texas guidelines as they relate to percentages of net monthly resources. Based on certain financial considerations, Section 154.125 of the Texas Family Code stipulates that the parent who does not have primary possession of the child or children shall pay:

  • One child - 20 percent of net income
  • Two children - 25 percent of net income
  • Three children - 30 percent of net income
  • Four children - 35 percent of net income
  • Five or more children - 40 percent of net income

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