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I need child support -- what are the ways to establish paternity?

Many unmarried parents in Texas recognize the importance of ensuring a legal father-child relationship. When a parent is legally recognized as the father of a child, his parental rights and responsibilities will be guaranteed. In the event of a break in the relationship, the father will not have to endure time-consuming and costly litigation related to child custody, visitation and child support. Such issues can be resolved through mediation as in cases of married couples.

Court authorizes serving of child support notice on Facebook

Texas residents may be aware of the use of social media by the legal profession to assist them in child support and divorce investigations. Sites such as Facebook can provide valuable information about the lifestyles of parents who claim to be broke, or the infidelities of married spouses, and have been used by several family law professionals. A support magistrate in another state recently made a ruling about child support that might make social media websites even more of a tool to be used for legal purposes.

Child support is much more than just basic needs and food

Texas couples who are considering divorce will likely find that the aspect of child support may be one of the most difficult issues to handle. It is only natural for parents to be emotional at this time, and without proper consideration, child support agreements may be found lacking when it is put into practice. Fortunately, there are legal professionals who are experienced mediators and aim to assist parents in drafting these important agreements.

What if a noncustodial parent fails to pay child support?

It is not uncommon for the circumstances of noncustodial parents in Texas to change. Although most parents want to support their children and remain a part of their lives, nonpayment of child custody often results from a person losing his or her job, serious illness or other legitimate reasons. Unfortunately, an alarming number of noncustodial parents simply refuse to pay child support -- often as a way to punish an ex-spouse -- but not considering that the children are the ones who suffer the consequences.

A child's well-being is linked to regular child support payments

Parents have a duty to provide their children with all their basic needs. This includes food and shelter, along with proper health care. When school is in session, there is also school clothing and other related needs to be met. Texas parents may be aware that children who are supported by both parents are more likely to make good grades and avoid behavioral problems. This is why it is so important for non-custodial parents to maintain child support payments.

Failure to pay child support may negatively affect credit score

It is not uncommon for financial disputes to be the reason for many divorce proceedings in Texas. However, when there are children and child support involved, such conflicts can escalate after divorce. The custodial parent is typically entirely dependent on receiving the child support, while the non-custodial parent may struggle to keep up with obligated payments. The inability to pay the full amount of child support often leads to complete non-payment, which can have consequences that can negatively affect the lives of parents and children.

One should avoid using child support as a bargaining chip

The well-being of Texas children is likely of great importance to their parents. Divorced parents typically want to maintain a strong relationship with their children. Many couples are able to agree on typically contentious issues such as child support and child custody through communication and compromise. However, prior to entering into an agreement for child support, it may help to understand some facts about it.

Texas law enforcement cracks down on child support violators

Most parents consider providing for their children an act of love. Sadly, in some cases the court has to order a parent to fulfill their obligation to their family. When child support orders are violated, children are often forced to go without some of their basis needs. Law enforcement in Texas is currently working to ensure that noncustodial parents are held accountable with regard to child support commitments.

Child support tips for unwed fathers in Texas

The landscape of the American family has changed considerably in recent decades. It is no longer uncommon for children to grow up in households in which only one parent is present. For men who become fathers but who choose to not remain with their child's mother, a unique set of legal issues apply. In many cases, child support becomes a topic of concern, and many Texas men hold misconceptions about the process of providing for their child.

Texas residents see effects of not paying child support

Understandably, children need love and affection. They also need basic things such as food, shelter and clothes. Child support is intended to help pay for these items when the parents are not together. Residents in Texas, as well as other regions, may have recently seen a national news story of a parent that was arrested for failure to comply with court orders..

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