Child Support Tables: Percentages and Calculations
Child support should be computed on gross annual income and then be recalculated to determine average monthly gross income. For example, if the obligor makes $ 15.00 per hour the monthly gross income is calculated as follows: 15 x 40 = $ 600 (weekly income), then 600 x 52 = $ 31,200 (annual income), then 31,200 / 12 = $ 2,600 (monthly income). Child support is based on net monthly income which is determined by subtracting from gross income social security taxes and federal income tax withholding for a single person claiming a personal exemption and the standard deduction.
The guidelines for child support apply to the first $7,500 of net monthly income of the obligor (person paying child support). Child support guidelines are as follows:
- 1 child 20% of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 2 children 25% of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 3 children 30% of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 4 children 35% of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 5 children 40% of Obligor’s Net Resources
- 6+ children Not less than the amount for 5 children
Travis County provides an excellent child support calculator; however, the calculations are only an estimate and should not be construed as legal advice.