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Texas Military parents, child custody and child support

Many Texas residents serve in the military. In most cases, military law does not follow a separate set of rules regarding family law for its military men and women. There might, however, be certain exceptions and special measures that the military men and women can take to ensure that their legal standing is not compromised in cases relating to child support due to their deployment.

Conservatorship orders under Texas law set out the rights and the responsibilities assigned to both biological parents. In cases of military parents, child support and custody orders by the court are no different. The time the minor child may spend with each parent may be defined under the Texas possession orders. Many military parents often use professional legal help in order to help them with their case.

When the custodial parent is being deployed, the child custody arrangement may be modified. In addition, child support monthly payments may then be paid to the person who is caring for the children during the parent's deployment. Once getting news of their deployment, the military parents are advised to modify their child support orders to include the new custodial arrangement.

Child support is usually calculated on the basis of the non-custodial parent's disposable income and the number of minor children that the non-custodial parent may have to pay child support for.

It is imperative for military parents in Texas to have a formal written and court approved child support order. In most cases only these formal child support orders can be enforced in a court of law. The military parent must make sure that all child support papers are in order prior to his or her deployment. These papers may be crucial to ensuring that the minor children are taken care of when the custodial military parent cannot be physically present.

Source: TexasAttorneyGeneral.gov, "Military parents: Paternity, child support, custody & parenting time", accessed on Feb. 19, 2015

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