Child Support

Children can be expensive. When two parents are not living together, the issue of child support will come into play. One parent may have to provide the other with financial support for the child. Child support can be agreed upon by the parents or it can be ordered by the courts. In Texas, the Office of the Attorney General is almost always oversees the child support collection.

Deciding how much child support is fair to pay can be difficult. The needs of the child have to be considered. Some children require more care that can be costly and that cost should be the responsibility of both parents. Each decision regarding child support is handled on a case by case basis. Factors such as the number of children, the income of both parents can be taken into consideration. Texas considers only the income of the parent that has to pay the support in their decisions.

Child support can be ordered for both custodial parents and non-custodial parent. It can also be ordered for someone to pay that is not the parent of the child. Weaving through all of the legal aspects of determining who is responsible for the support can require the help of a lawyer.

A child can receive support for many years. It is possible that during the time that the support is being paid, situations change. There may be a need for an increase or a decrease in child support payments or it can be terminated in other cases. If a person is not paying their support, there are legal remedies that can be used to collect the money. Legal representation can be helpful in these situations. Mistakes made during these proceedings can cause harm to all of the parties that are involved.

People often have the following types of question:

  • How to get my child support?
  • How do I stop paying the support?
  • How do I lower the cost of my support?
  • Who determines the support in Texas?
  • How is child support calculated in Texas?
  • What does the Attorney General’s office do related to child support?
  • In Texas, how do I stop my support when my child turns 18?
  • How do I pay the support if my child does not go to school?
  • Do I have to pay for medical insurance for my child?
  • Do I have to pay for college?
  • Do I have to pay the support if I do not get to see my child in Texas?
  • If I don’t see my child can I stop paying the support in Texas?

 

 

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