Does Child Support Take Into Account Children From Previous Marriages?

Texas divorce lawyerQuestion:

Do child support laws consider children from previous marriages when calculating child support?

I already pay child support for one child I had with my ex-wife. Now my current wife and I are getting divorced and I’m worried about having enough money to pay child support for our children as well.

Are previous child support payments from a prior marriage considered when issuing new child support orders?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Texas child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

The courts do take into account other children not in your current household for whom you have a duty to support.

Where I practice, the family code has a table of the percentage of net monthly resources which will be taken for child support, based on how many other children you are supporting.

For example, if you have a duty to support one other child and there is one child before the court in this matter, the guideline support will be 17.5% of your net monthly income.

If you have two other children to support and one child before the court in this matter, the guideline child support will be 16%, and for three other children, the guideline will be 14.75%.

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Remember, these are only child support guidelines for how Texas would handle your issue. I am unable to provide you with financial advice on divorce, so please consult with an attorney in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney, including Jordan Haedicke, an associate attorney in the Austin, Texas, office, contact Cordell & Cordell Law Firm.

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