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How does Texas determine child support?

Child support laws vary from state to state. If you live in Texas and are facing a divorce, you may wonder what your payments for child support will look like.

Keep reading for more information on how Texas calculates child support payments.

It depends on how many children you have

While not all states work the same, Texas law takes into account how many total children you have, and if they are all from the same mother. For example, if you have two children during your latest marriage, your child support payment will be 25% of your income. If you have another child from a previous marriage, as well as two children from your latest marriage, your new child support payments will be 22.5% of your income.

According to FindLaw, these calculations apply only to children who are still young enough to collect legal child support payments. Adult children from previous marriages do not affect the outcome.

It also depends on how much you earn

In Texas, a percentage of your net income will go towards child support payments. Your net income includes your total income, minus any taxes, union dues or health insurance for the children. Higher child support payments result from having a large net income and many children. If you have six or more children, your total child support payments could exceed 40% of your net income. If you earn more than $7,000 per month, different rules from the court will apply to your situation.

For more information on what your payment could look like, visit the Attorney General’s child support calculator.