• T. Maxwell Smith, PLLC

Child Support Law Changes 2019

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

Dealing with matters of child support can be tough, especially, once they have been ongoing for a period of time. It is important to fully understand the obligations of the parties from the outset of an order for child support. There are a number of specific factors that go into the determination of a child support obligation. Effective September 1, 2019, the rules regarding one of those factors changed and this blog covers that change.


When determining child support obligations, there are limits to the amount of money that an obligor can be forced to pay. In Texas, child support is determined by a percentage of the obligor's income (capped at $9,200 per month) and number of children he or she has and other that he or she is responsible for. The chart below displays these percentages:

The chart above shows the percentage of a parent’s income, up to $9,200 per month, that can be assessed to child support. The 2019 law does not affect these percentages but it did bump that $9,200 cap up from the previous $8,550 per month cap.


There are a number of other issues that can affect a parent’s total obligation including medical support, arrears, and other factors. If you feel that you have an issue regarding a child support obligation, regardless of what side of the issue you are on, and would like to know more about your options, do not hesitate to give me a call at (817) 475-5522.


This blog is not to be considered legal advice and this update is not guaranteed to be an exhaustive update of all child support guidelines.


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