Child support

Child support in Texas

The Texas Family Code governs child support laws in the state. The amount of child support is determined based on a percentage of the “net monthly resources” of the obligor (the parent paying child support). To determine the net monthly resources, the court will look at the obligor’s income minus deductions such as federal and state income tax, union dues, expenses for health insurance coverage for the obligor’s kids, and social security taxes. Once the net monthly resources have been determined, the courts will apply the following percentages based on the number of children:

Number of Children

            Percentage of Net Monthly Income











A person obligated to pay child support in Texas will have to pay until one of the following conditions occurs:

(1) until the child is 18 years of age or until graduation from high school, whichever occurs later;

(2) until the child is emancipated through marriage, through the removal of the disabilities of minority by court order, or by other operation of law;

(3) until the death of the minor child;  or

(4) if the child is disabled as defined in this chapter, for an indefinite period.

In the event a person ordered to pay child support fails to make payments, the other parent or the Office of the Attorney General may initiate an enforcement action against the person. Enforcement actions include wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, suspension of licenses, and in some instances, jail.

Child support matters can be complex, and individuals involved in such cases may benefit from consulting with an attorney to understand their rights and responsibilities. If you have questions about child support or are facing an enforcement action, contact Malik and Associates to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.