As many Texas residents may agree, children are often the people who are affected the most in a divorce. Although their parents are excited about breaking the matrimonial bond, children often feel helpless and insecure. Children often worry about their future and have many questions, including with whom they will live and who will support them financially. With the best interest of the child in mind at all times, the courts very often order one parent to pay child support and the other parent to have custody of the child.
Paying child support is the law. In an earlier post, we discussed the fact that child support can be deducted from the supporting parent’s salary. Health insurance is another aspect of child support. It is also referred to as medical child support. The non-custodial parent should ensure that the child has health coverage. Health insurance can be provided through Medicaid or through the Children’s Health Insurance Program. If the custodial parent has CHIP, the non-custodial parent will need to reimburse the custodial parent.
A court order for child support can be done either by contacting the Attorney General’s office or through an attorney. The parent who needs the child support must go to the Attorney General’s office and complete a form. That office is also known as the child support office. If a parent is seeking child custody, that parent will be asked to share the non-custodial parent’s name, address and social security number.
The child support office will contact the non-custodial parent to determine if an agreement can be reached by both parents. If the spouses cannot agree, the child support office will ask the court to pass along a child support order. A parent may also wish to contact an attorney to file a lawsuit in court in order to resolve the child support issues.
Source: TYLA.org, “What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court,” Accessed on May 27, 2015