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Child Support Calculator Texas and Does child support count as income for a mortgage?

January 8th, 2022



How Much is Child Support In Texas?

 Standard Child Support in Texas Guidelines. 

BASED ON THE MONTHLY NET RESOURCES OF THE OBLIGOR. 

1 child      =    20% of Obligors Net Resources

2 children =    25% of Obligors Net Resources

3 children =    30% of Obligors Net Resources

4 children =    35% of Obligors Net Resources

5 children  =   40% of Obligors Net Resources

6+ children  =  Not less than the amount for 5 children

 

When does Child support End in Texas? 

Support a child will continue until the child is 18 years of age or until graduation from high school, whichever occurs later; 

See The Monthly Child Support Calculator

How will my child support payments affect my ability to take out a mortgage?

Child support payments can be counted towards your income, but there are two caveats that come into play.

First, you must have been receiving Child support for 6 months and it must continue on for 3 years to qualify as incomeChild support payments can then be added to your regular income from your job or other sources and be used to qualify for a mortgage. 

Does it count as debt, If I pay child support?

The Short answer is yes, It will count as a debt that has to be paid and will count towards your debt to income ratio when you qualify for a mortgage.    

What Is Considered Income For Child Support?

Gross Resources (Income)

  • First, the courts will consider all wages, salaries, commissions, military pay, tips, overtime, and bonuses are all considered income for child support purposes. 
  • When a parent is unemployed, they still have income in the form of severance, retirement, unemployment benefits, and/or Social Security and Workers Compensation. 
  • Gifts, prizes, and alimony are also included in income. 
  • If a parent receives income from a rental property, include the net rental income. 

Net resources (Income)

After calculating gross income, they deduct the following: 

  • Social Security taxes or any mandatory retirement plan contributions
  • Federal income tax (based on the tax rate for a single person claiming one exemption)
  • Union dues
  • Health insurance premiums and other medical expenses (Dental) for the child(ren) if the court ordered the responsible parent to pay these expenses.

The resulting figure is the parents annual net income. Divide the net income by 12 to establish monthly net income.

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For a complete list of what to include and what to leave out, see Texas Family Code Section 154.062 (2020).

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