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Do you pay more child support if you earn more than your ex?

Do you pay more child support if you earn more than your ex?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Child Custody and Visitation |

Some parents in Texas wonder if they must pay child support if they earn more money than their ex-partner.

In Texas, child support laws aim to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from both parents. This should occur regardless of the parents’ income levels.

Income disparity and child support obligations

In Texas, the determination of child support obligations primarily relies on the income of both parents and the needs of the child. If one parent earns more than the other, they may have to pay child support. In Alamo Heights, the median household income is $149,332.

Factors in child support calculations

When calculating child support payments in Texas, several factors come into play. These include the income of both parents, the number of children, any special needs of the children and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. The court usually assumes that a custodial parent spends money directly on the child.

Child support guidelines in Texas

Texas follows specific guidelines in the Texas Family Code for calculating child support payments. These guidelines consider a percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income. Adjustments are possible for various factors such as health insurance premiums and other children the obligor supports.

In some cases, courts may deviate from the standard child support guidelines if there are exceptional circumstances. For instance, if the child has significant medical needs or if the paying parent has substantial assets, the court may adjust the child support amount accordingly.


Texas has various methods to ensure compliance with child support orders. They include wage garnishment, suspension of licenses and even incarceration in extreme cases.

Ultimately, the aim of child support in Texas is for children to receive the financial support they need for their well-being and development. This should occur regardless of the financial situation of their parents.