Child support matters can be prominent issues in divorce cases. There are also major child support issues that can arise for a parent after a child support order has been issued in a divorce. One situation that could come up over such an order that could leave a custodial parent very worried is their ex failing to comply with the order.
Child support plays a major role in the lives of many parents and children here in Texas. We are currently in a month where special focus is put on this impactful issue. August is "Child Support Awareness Month".
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Unfortunately, when a family separates, the cost of living goes up. In the state of Texas, both parents have a moral and legal obligation to support their children. Child support laws are in place to ensure that parents live up to their financial responsibilities regarding their children. If one parent fails to meet these responsibilities, legal action may be appropriate. Recently, a lawsuit was filed against major league baseball player Jose Reyes amid accusations of failing to pay child support.
Do you expect your children to be financially self-sufficient by the time they reach college age? If not, do you plan to help cover the costs? You and your former spouse might have discussed this issue once upon a time, but were those expenses included in your child support order?
When divorce or paternity results in the need for child support payments to be made by a parent, the state of Texas has guidelines used to establish the payment amount. Ideally the payments are then made in full at the prescribed time. However, the reality of non-payment of child support is a problem many parents have to deal with and overcome.
Getting a divorce while in the military can have a profound effect on our brave service members. Whether in harm's way 7,000 miles from home or stationed here in Texas, handling the financial responsibilities of a family court order is not easy. The military asks a great deal of soldiers and the pay may not seem enough at times.
For many children, a new school year has begun. For parents this may be a difficult time of the year, especially if there are disputes over which parent should be responsible for paying for new clothes, school supplies and extracurricular activities. This disagreement usually commonly arises because the non-custodial parent (who already pays child support) may not want to pay additional money to help pay for supplies, clothes and fees that ostensibly should be paid for with child support funds.
Failure to pay court-ordered support for a child can and often does come with serious legal consequences. One former football player is in hot water due to unpaid child support. Texas fans of Clint Session, a former linebacker for the Colts and Jaguars, may already be aware of his plight as a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Many parents involved in child support-related legal matters believe that the guideline for child support in Texas is simple; however, the determination of child support may be more complex than it seems. While the current child support guidelines in Texas can give most parents a fairly accurate view of what to expect as far as payments are concerned, for some, there is a lot more to the figures for support than the amount on the check a parent brings home at the end of the week. The full financial pictures of both parents need to be explored to ensure the fairness and accuracy of any child support agreement.