In Texas, one parent typically is the “primary” caregiver, and the other parent is the secondary, or non-possessory parent. This is true even though both parents usually have the title of “joint managing conservator”. The non-possessory parent is usually obligated to pay child support to the primary caregiver.
Texas Law provides for a standard, “guideline”, amount of child support. The guideline amount of child support depends upon the number of children and the amount of income that the non-possessory parent has. The guideline amount is 20% for 1 child, 25% for 2 children, 30% for 3 children, 35% for 4 children, 40% for 5 children, and not less than 40% for 6 or more children. This percentage may be adjusted based on a variety of factors or other considerations. Additionally, the parties may agree to any amount other than the “guideline” amount as long as it is in the best interest of the children.