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Even celebrities seek child support modifications

Unanticipated happenings can change the financial situation of anybody overnight. Despite the good intentions of a noncustodial parent, a job loss or emergency medical procedure can render a parent unable to pay court-ordered child support. Texas parents facing such difficulties may be surprised to learn that even celebrities may face such dilemmas.

How will child support be calculated in a Texas divorce?

Texas parents who are considering divorce may be concerned about the post-divorce welfare of their children and whether their best interests will be protected. The manner in which the amount of child support is determined may be one of the questions parents have. Because the dynamics of each family are unique, several aspects will be considered, according to the guidelines under family law.

Car registration renewal to be refused if child support is behind

Noncustodial parents in Texas who struggle to keep up to date with obligated payments may not be aware that the Office of the Attorney General has announced a new method of enforcement. Those whose child support payment are behind for 180 days or more will not be allowed to renew the registration of their vehicles. This new law will take effect on Sept. 1.

Consider property division realities before divorce

Any Texas resident who is considering a divorce will likely research the available options. A divorce does not have to involve bitter battles in court, particularly when other options are available. Regardless of whether a couple chooses mediation, collaboration or litigation, the decisions that typically have to be made about child custody and property division can be heart-wrenching. Being prepared for the proceedings that lie ahead and the realities of life post-divorce may ease the process.

Unmarried mothers' challenges to get child support

Child support is a parental obligation that is taken seriously in Texas. In every circumstance, it is in the best interest of children to have the full emotional and financial support of both parents. Following the correct procedures may make the child support process less challenging. It is reported that about 40 percent of all children are born to single mothers.

Unaffordable child support can be modified

Following a divorce that did not involve mediation, a Texas parent may be overwhelmed by the documents served on him or her by the court. Understanding the details of child support and visitation orders may be difficult, and some may choose to ignore these orders. However, this is unwise and can lead to criminal charges. Help is available to answer questions and explain the way forward.

When does child support terminate under Texas law?

The family court determines the amount of child support a non-custodial parent has to pay. Although circumstances may necessitate child support obligations to be modified, it can only be done with the court's permission. Informal changes can lead to the accrual of missed payments and potential enforcement under the law. In Texas, child support payments must continue until a child is emancipated.

Wages garnished for father whose child support was up to date

When a Texas family court orders child support, there are certain procedures to be followed. Deviating from those procedures and making alternative arrangements for paying can have devastating consequences. A Texas father who chose to pay his ex-wife directly rather than submitting payments to the child support disbursement center found his wages garnished for the money he had already paid.

Can child support continue after high school graduation?

Some non-custodial parents in Texas may believe that child support always ends on a child's 18th birthday. However, that is not always the case. In legal terms, child support ends when a child reaches the age of majority, which is usually at age 18. This is the point in a teenager's life when he or she is considered mature enough to make his or her own legal decisions as an adult.

Can a mother claim child support if she never married the father?

Texas parents have a responsibility to take proper care of their children. Because child support is typically addressed in court during divorce proceedings, parents who never married may be unsure of their rights relating to child support. As marriage is not a prerequisite for child support, parental responsibilities can be determined by the court regardless of a child's parents' marital status.

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