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New child support laws in effect

Texas parents need to be aware that, though the state modified the way child support is calculated a few years ago, the new laws are finally in effect as of Sept. 1, 2018. Representatives for the state say that it took a while to update the computer system used to process payments. Nothing should change regarding how parents make their child support payments, but they may now be responsible for paying a higher amount. 

Parents paying child support are now required to pay an additional amount to cover dental insurance for their children. Most parents are already required to pay for medical insurance. People who would like to add dental coverage to their child support payments are asked to contact the District Attorney's Office. 

Another major change that comes into effect as a result of the laws passed in 2015 is that child support will no longer be recalculated automatically when the income of a parent changes. If a parent has had a major change in income, or the needs of the child have changed, a parent must request that the court modify a child support order. The parent must be able to prove to the court that the circumstances of his or her case have changed substantially. 

These new rules for child support payments may seem confusing. If a Texas parent is concerned that he or she will be affected, or needs help establishing, modifying or enforcing an order, he or she may want to contact an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to educate parents on the changes and help them figure out how to best provide for their children. 

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