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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.

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.

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