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Child Support Guideline Changes Announced by AG

Texas Register OAG

Announcement of Adjustment Required by Texas Family Code §154.125

Effective September 1, 2019, the guidelines for the support of a child
apply to situations in which the obligor’s monthly net resources are not
greater than $9,200.00.

Texas Family Code §154.125 (in part):
APPLICATION OF GUIDELINES TO NET RESOURCES. (a) The
guidelines for the support of a child in this section are specifically
designed to apply to situations in which the obligor’s monthly net resources are not greater than $7,500 or the adjusted amount determined
under Subsection (a-1), whichever is greater. (a-1) The dollar amount
prescribed by Subsection (a) is adjusted every six years as necessary
to reflect inflation. The Title IV-D agency shall compute the adjusted
amount, to take effect beginning September 1 of the year of the adjustment, based on the percentage change in the consumer price index
during the 72-month period preceding March 1 of the year of the adjustment, as rounded to the nearest $50 increment. The Title IV-D agency
shall publish the adjusted amount in the Texas Register before September 1 of the year in which the adjustment takes effect. For purposes of
this subsection, “consumer price index” has the meaning assigned by
Section 341.201, Finance Code.
Computation:
February 2019, the designated CPI was 733.407
February 2013, the designated CPI was 681.158
The CPI change was 52.249 (733.407-681.158)
The CPI increased by 7.67061% (52.249 ÷ 681.158= 0.0767061)
$8,550 x 1.0767061= $9,205.84
$9,205.84 rounded to the nearest $50 increment is $9,200.00
TRD-201902012
Ryan L. Bangert
Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel
Office of the Attorney General
Filed: June 26, 2019

Kristal Thomson
Kristal currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Family Law Council. She practices in all areas of family law in Bexar County (San Antonio) and surrounding areas. She is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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