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Prosecutor criticized for new child support policies

For many single parents, the financial support provided by a non-custodial parent can make all the difference. However, there are many parents who are unable to meet their child support obligations due to financial hardship. In many cases, Texas parents have faced criminal charges and jail time when they have fallen in arrears with no means to catch up on their payments.

Retired basketball star wins child support reduction petition

For many professional athletes, success on the playing field often translates into a healthy pay check and a comfortable standard of living. However, when a career comes to an end, so does the hefty salary and the ability to make possibly excessive payments for child support and other expenses. Regardless of one's current economic conditions, a sudden reduction in income could cause many Texas parents to struggle to meet their court-ordered obligations.

Actor Nicolas Cage elects to pay child support for grandchildren

Once a relationship between parents sours, there are many legal issues to resolve, including the care and support of the children. It may be difficult for many parents to cover court-ordered child support payments. Texas parents who are struggling to meet these obligations may need to seek assistance through the family court system.

New program geared toward increasing child support cases

The Office of Child Support was established to ensure that the needs of children of single parent households are provided for through the financial support of the non-custodial parent. To that end, they look for ways to encourage single parents to seek assistance in receiving all of the child support payments to which they are entitled. Texas parents who are struggling to either pay or receive these payments may choose to seek additional information regarding their options.

Child support and back-to-school expenses

When summer is over and kids head back to school, parents know this can be an expensive time of year. There are clothes to buy, supplies to purchase and fees to pay for activities. This season can be especially stressful for Texas parents who may be handling these expenses on their own or need additional child support from the other parent. With planning and communication, it is possible to navigate this complex time effectively.

Hip hop artist facing problems for failure to pay child support

Raising children is an expensive venture. For the single custodial parent, every dollar can be important. In most instances, the Texas parent expects to receive assistance in the form of child support; however, there are times when this becomes an issue. Unfortunately, not all parents recognize the importance of doing their part to take care of their children.

The new tax law and its impact on child support

As 2018 begins to wind down, the implications of the tax law passed earlier in the year are nearing reality. The impact of the law on alimony and child support in Texas is considerable. Changes include child dependency exemptions, the child tax credit and how 529 college accounts are handled. All of this may result in couples who are considering divorce to carefully consider their options.

Paternity fraud doesn't mean the end to child support payments

Many Texas couples who are expecting a child have much to look forward to. Even if those expecting children are not married, they usually still experience the same joy and excitement married couples feel when they welcome a newborn into the world. What should be a time of excitement and expectations can also raise questions when the mother of the child has not been entirely honest or faithful regarding the paternity of the child. Paternity fraud, whether intentional or not, can be damaging to the child and the father figure involved, and it can create issues with regards to child custody and child support.

Overpayment of child support leads to investigation

A Texas family court dictates the amount of financial support a noncustodial parent is obligated to pay. Modifications to child support agreements can be made, but only through legal means. Changes that are made without the authorization of the court can lead to missed payments, interest accrual and possible jail time. But what happens when a parent is continually garnished for payments after the child has become emancipated?

Child support helps Texas kids reach their full potential

Supporting a child is a tremendous undertaking. The financial, emotional and time investment is a life-long commitment. Regardless of the parents desire to remain together as a couple, the commitment to the child or children remains in place. Child support agreements are often set in place to help custodial parents feed, clothe and shelter the kids. When a parent is unable to make the payments, Texas courts will often step in.

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