Child Support

Ensuring Your Children Have What They Need

Child support serves an invaluable role- it prevents children from being impacted financially by their parents’ divorce or separation. It is paid to the parent with whom the child lives, and is used to cover basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, education, and other things that they would have benefited from if their parents had remained married.

Unlike spousal support, Texas has statutory child support guidelines. They are based on the following percentages:

  • 20% of the noncustodial parent’s employed net income for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 30% for three children
  • 35% for four children
  • 40% for five children
  • A minimum of 40% for six or more children

The maximum monthly payments are based on a net monthly income of $7,500 but courts will order different amounts if the circumstances justify a claim for support that exceeds the statutory guidelines. (Common examples include children with special needs or parents with a high net worth.) Support must be paid until the child graduates from high school or turns 18, whichever occurs later.

Health Insurance Coverage

In Texas, parents are legally obligated to provide health insurance for their children. When divorce occurs, the court will usually order the parent responsible for child support to add their children to an existing policy to pay the insurance premium costs to the parent with primary custody.

We’re On Your Side!

At Branch Family Law, we help custodial parents request and, if necessary, fight for the support amounts needed for the care and well-being of their children. To learn more about Texas child support guidelines, contact us.