Child Support in Texas
When dealing with child support in Texas there are a handful of things every father needs to know. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is responsible for Child Support in Texas. The OAG is charged with the establishment and collection. According to the Office of the Attorney General, "The Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General is on a mission to make sure every child receives the support they need and deserve."
Calculation of Child Support
The OAG has an online child support calculator. People don't know the law provides factors to either decrease or increase support.
In general, child support guidelines in Texas are as follows: one child = 20% of net monthly income, two children = 25% of net monthly income, three children = 30% of net monthly income, four children = 35% of net monthly income, five children = 40% of net monthly income.
Net Monthly Income
It is important to report your income correctly. Net income is found on your W-2 or paycheck stubs. The calculation does not take into consideration your monthly bills such as a car payment, groceries, or rent.
For self-employed fathers, be sure to report the net income from a business and not the gross income. For instance, a truck driver that is an owner-operator can deduct fuel, insurance, and repairs amount other things from the gross income the trucking business received. Your income left after expenses is the net income available to the owner-operator.
Payment of Child Support in Texas
Check your state for the appropriate agency to pay your child support to. Child Support in Texas is paid through the Office of the Attorney General.
The money you give to the other parent is not considered payment toward your support obligation. Rather, it is considered a gift. It does not matter what you might have written on the check, money order, or payment note.
In conclusion, protect your rights and your ability to have a loving relationship with children. Situations involving child support can be challenging, complex, and financially devastating, Fathers Rights can help. Call or text us at the number on this page today to get the help you need.
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