To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.
When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Texas.
Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.
For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.
These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.
These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.
How to Modify Texas Child Support Orders
Both parents have an obligation to provide for the care of their child/ren. Even when parents separate and no longer live together as a single family unit, the non-custodial parent is still legally obligated to provide financial support for a child or children that no longer live with him or her. Child support orders are set in place to ensure that children are financially provided for.
Understand the Grounds for Modifying Support
Over time, either parent’s financial situation may change and child support orders will likely need to be readdressed. A simple agreement between parents is not enough to establish a new child support order to reflect each parent’s ability to pay; all changes to child support orders must go through the Court. You may apply for a child support modification if there has been a significant change in circumstances of any person impacted by the child support order (i.e., custodial parent, non-custodial parent, child) or at least three years time has passed since the child support order was established and the difference in monthly support would be affected by at least 20 percent or $100. You may request a review of a child support order every three years.
Contact the Office of the Attorney General
The Office of the Attorney General provides a Child Support Program for families needing assistance establishing, modifying, collecting and enforcing child support orders. Only the Court can change a child support order; however, the Attorney General’s office can assist you with the process.