Determining the amount of child support in a divorce decree or modification order can be complicated. For assistance, try these resources:
Monthly Child Support Calculator from the Texas Attorney General
This structured form from Texas’s top attorney is a convenient guide to calculating the monthly obligation. However, per the footnote, it cannot be used by those whose “monthly net resources exceed $8,550.”
Interactive Child Support Calculator from TexasLawHelp.org
This interactive form walks you through the process of calculating the child support obligation with interview questions and delivers a printable document showing the statutory calculation at the end. Although more time consuming at 15-20 minutes, it is very useful for self-represented litigants and others not familiar with the calculation process.
Always Check the Statute
Ultimately, the tools listed above are useful, but the statute is controlling. Visit the Texas state legislature’s website for the current law concerning child support obligations.