Texas Family Code § 154.130. Findings in Child Support Order

(a) Without regard to Rules 296 through 299, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure , in rendering an order of child support, the court shall make the findings required by Subsection (b) if:

(1) a party files a written request with the court before the final order is signed, but not later than 20 days after the date of rendition of the order;

(2) a party makes an oral request in open court during the hearing;  or

(3) the amount of child support ordered by the court varies from the amount computed by applying the percentage guidelines under Section 154.125 or 154.129 , as applicable.

(a-1) Repealed by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., ch. 421 (S.B. 1237), § 12(2).

(b) If findings are required by this section, the court shall state whether the application of the guidelines would be unjust or inappropriate and shall state the following in the child support order:

“(1) the net resources of the obligor per month are $__________;

“(2) the net resources of the obligee per month are $__________;

“(3) the percentage applied to the obligor's net resources for child support is __________%;  and

“(4) if applicable, the specific reasons that the amount of child support per month ordered by the court varies from the amount computed by applying the percentage guidelines under Section 154.125 or 154.129 , as applicable.”

(c) Findings under Subsection (b)(2) are required only if evidence of the monthly net resources of the obligee has been offered.


FindLaw Codes are provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading online legal research system. For more detailed codes research information, including annotations and citations, please visit Westlaw.

FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.