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Child support payments in Texas-Part I

Divorce in the United States can be critical if children are involved. They often find it difficult to come to terms with the divorce and feel insecure. In the best interest of the child, courts in Texas, generally grant child custody to one parent and the other parent pays child support and has visitation rights to spend quality time with the child. According to the law, parents have a responsibility to support the child financially.

The child is entitled to receive food, clothing, education, shelter and it is normally the responsibility of the non-custodial parent to provide those things for the child. The non-custodial parent is also known as the obligor and the parent who receives child support is referred to as the obligee.

The obligor needs to make regular child support payments to the child. How that child support payment is spent is not regulated by the court. But it is expected that the child support payments will be used to support the child's household. This, ultimately, is in the best interest of the child. Typically, the non-custodial parent makes the child support payment by way of the Texas state registry. That ensures that there is a record of the payment. After all, it is important to keep a record of the payments that have been sent and received.

Texas laws also definitively state that child support may be withheld from an obligor's salary, if that becomes necessary. When a Texas court approves the child support order, it also establishes the Withholding Order. The judge signs it and passes to the employer of the obligor. Even if the non-custodial parent changes jobs, the child support order will apply to the new employer as well.

Source: TYLA.org, "What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court," Accessed on May 11, 2015

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