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.
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..
When a court orders a person to do something, they are legally obligated to follow the order. This is true for any type of legal proceeding, including child support orders in Texas and throughout the nation. If a divorced parent fails to make the court-ordered payments, he or she may end up in the middle of a legal problem. Criminal charges might be filed, which could result in serious fines and even time behind bars.
Not bad for one day's work. The teaming-up between the State Attorney General's child support division and eight Texas constables took a bite out of the deadbeat-dad problem according to an official report released the final Monday of July. A total of 22 child-support violators will be held painfully accountable for having attempted to dodge their moral and court-ordered responsibilities to their kids.
Child support enforcement is a serious issue in Texas, as parents throughout the state depend on those payments for their children's well-being. The Texas Family Code says that a non-custodial parent should pay 20 percent of his or her income for a single child, with the payments going up 5 percent for each additional child.