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Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses. 

A parent is not allowed to just skip child support payments. Unfortunately, once a child support order is in place, the amount cannot be changed unless a court approves. A change in financial circumstances can be a reason to adjust an order, but there is a specific process necessary. 

If a Texas parent needs help establishing, modifying or collecting child support, he or she may not know where to turn. One thing a parent can do is contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a parent explain his or her specific situation to a court and work toward an outcome that allows a parent to meet his or her obligations until financial circumstances improve. 

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Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses. 

A parent is not allowed to just skip child support payments. Unfortunately, once a child support order is in place, the amount cannot be changed unless a court approves. A change in financial circumstances can be a reason to adjust an order, but there is a specific process necessary. 

If a Texas parent needs help establishing, modifying or collecting child support, he or she may not know where to turn. One thing a parent can do is contact an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a parent explain his or her specific situation to a court and work toward an outcome that allows a parent to meet his or her obligations until financial circumstances improve. 

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