A new Texas law gives family court judges discretion to put a parent in jail if he or she falls behind on child support payments, regardless of the parent's current payment status. In other words, even if a parent catches up on delinquent payments prior to the child support hearing, the judge still has the option of sending the parent to jail.
Any parent who fails to pay court-ordered child support could find themselves running afoul of the legal system. Plano residents might be interested in the recent story about a popular music producer and reality television star who recently found out just what kind of consequences can be levied when someone defies a court order.
The digital age continues to have an impact on family law issues, particularly divorce and child custody. Advances in technology lead some divorcing spouses to become techno-sleuths who use smartphones and other gadgets to spy on their soon-to-be exes. However, before Plano residents participate in such sleuthing, they should understand that high-tech spying doesn't always support the best outcome. Likewise, if you're going through a divorce, you may want to curb your use of social media for the time being.
When parents divorce, the money that used to support one household must now cover the expenses of two. Texas child support guidelines are generally fair and take into account the income of both parents and the number of children involved. Despite this objective formula, parents may sometimes fall behind on their child support.