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When does a child support order end?

By law, a child is entitled to get financial support from both parents. In cases where the parents are divorced or where one parent has primary or sole custody, the other parent may be ordered to pay child support. The Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division can enter either by a court or Child support. Many child support orders clearly state when the payments will end. If the order does not specify when the support ends, this post covers what you need to know.

When the other parent goes missing

There are few circumstances that are more frustrating than having the noncustodial parent of your child fall of the grid. These are normally the parents that are responsible for paying child support to the custodial parent, funds that many children cannot go without. They may also be responsible for other important benefits, such as healthcare or childcare costs.

Failure to pay child support may result in imprisonment

As some Texas parents may know, setting up child support is an important part of divorce. Helping a custodial parent care for the child is court ordered and requires due diligence. However, sometimes child support is not forthcoming, and the judicial order is abandoned. This may lead to various penalties and imprisonment.

Determining child support out of court

There are three ways that a child support arrangement may come about in Texas. A family court may issue a child support order, the arrangement may come as a result of alternative dispute resolution proceedings or the parents may negotiate an agreement on their own. Informally-negotiated agreements will require court approval before they take effect.

Facts about child support in Texas

Of the $26 billion disbursed nationally for child support payments in 2013, $3.5 billion went to children in the state of Texas. A recent study of statistics on child support payments shows their fundamental importance to the proper functioning of a large number of homes.

Collecting child support from Social Security in Texas

Some parents who receive Social Security benefits wrongly believe their benefits cannot be touched for purposes of paying current and back child support they owe. While it is true that Supplemental Security Income cannot be garnished, all other types of Social Security benefits may be subject to a withholding order for child support.

The calculation of Texas child support payments

When the judge presiding over a divorce decides which parent will have primary custody of a child, the custodial parent may request child support payments from the noncustodial parent. The judge must then determine the amount of the payments based on the best interests of the child.

Changing child support court orders

Child support orders in Texas are decreed by the court and have the full force of the law behind them. Even if the divorcing parents have reached complete agreement as to possession, access and conservatorship, their arrangement must be put into the proper documentary format and provided to the court for approval. After approval, their arrangements become official court orders and must be complied with until they are changed. Changing them is not necessarily a complex process, but it must be carried out correctly.

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