Child Support

Child support in Texas follows guidelines set forth in the Texas Family Code.  The monthly amount of support is based on the obligor’s net monthly income (money received after taxes).  Child support is based on a percentage of the net monthly income starting at 20 percent for one child and increasing with more children.  There are maximum amounts set by the Texas Family Code.  Click here for more information including a child support chart.

In Texas, child support is based on the paying parent’s net income and other resources.  The Texas Family Code provides a formula using the monthly net resources to determine child support.  Generally, the child support amount is set as follows:

  • 20% of net resources for one child
  • 25% of net resources for two children
  • 30% of net resources for three children
  • 35% of net resources for four children
  • 40% of net resources for five children

A Texas child support order can be modified if there has been a change in circumstances, such as an increase or decrease in the paying parent’s income, or the child reaching the legal age of majority.

Payments are processed through the Texas Attorney General’s State Disbursement Unit.

Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit
P.O. Box 659791
San Antonio, Texas 78265-9791

Spousal Support

Can I get alimony?

Although getting temporary spousal support (while the divorce is pending) is very common, it is unusual to get post-divorce alimony.  You can get post-divorce alimony  only if you qualify and an attorney’s advice would be necessary.

Spousal Support

Texas law allows a divorcing spouse to receive spousal support on both a temporary (during the divorce) and a final basis.  The amount of monthly maintenance is determined by length of marriage and the needs of the parties.  Click here for more detail on spousal maintenance in Texas.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

A court can order alimony – called “spousal support” in Texas. A court will generally consider such factors as:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The needs of each party
  • The financial resources and liabilities of each party
  • The responsibility of either spouse for children
  • All sources of income available to either party
  • A court can order temporary spousal support while the divorce is pending. If you have been married more than 10 years, you may be able to received spousal support for up to three years after the divorce is finalized.