New Change to Child Support Effective 09/01/2021: Reduction in Support Requirements for Low-Income Earners

One of the new changes to the Texas Family Code in 2021 is that now there is a new “low-income child support guidelines” in Section 154.125. This new section only applies to lawsuits filed after September 1, 2021. The person paying child support must be earning less than $1,000 in order for the court to “presumptively apply” the new figures.

So what are the new figures? Here is a comparison of normal vs. the new low-income numbers:

As you can see, all of the numbers reduce by 5% when a wage earner is “low income”. Keep in mind that the low-income threshold of $1,000 is for “net resources”, which is different that “gross income” or “net income”.

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