Texas parents are well aware that the cost of raising a child continues to increase. Though surely, necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are expensive on their own, parents must also factor in expenses like extracurricular activities, child care, medical care and other common costs. Many single parents rely on child support to offset some of these costs, as the payments are intended to be used, but if the parent responsible doesn't make his or her payments, the other parent is left to shoulder the financial burden alone.
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.
It may be a new year, but for thousands of Texas families, there may not be much financial hope. Though other states passed laws to raise minimum wage for hard-working employees, the Lone Star State did not. For many single parents, even working two jobs may not make them enough money to keep a roof over their children's heads. In times of such financial uncertainty, it is important for parents who may be eligible to receive child support payments to do so.
For many Texas families, issues regarding shared custody of children can be nearly impossible to agree upon. A court order usually details matters like where a child lives, the amount of parenting time each parent has and other aspects of co-parenting. Some parents may occasionally find themselves at odds, especially when it comes time to calculate child support.
Texas families may be especially proud to call the Lone Star State their home. As one of the largest states in the nation, Texas can often be used as a sort of gauge to determine how social and economic issues affect the majority of Americans. Recently, a study revealed that though unemployment is relatively low, as many as one out of every five children are living in what is considered to be poverty. In some cases, a child support order may help alleviate the financial suffering a child may be enduring.
Many Texas parents have personal experience with a child support order. It is important to make sure that children statewide have their financial needs met so that they have the best chance at an enjoyable childhood. When it comes to child support enforcement, the state takes the matter seriously. Nonpayment of child support can even result in criminal charges.
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.
Many Texas parents are probably familiar with the basic procedure of paying and collecting child support. Recently, rapper Scarface publicly advised fellow fathers to be certain they pay their child support through the courts. Scarface was formally accused of failing to pay child support for a second time, and he will need to appear in court later this month to address the charges.
For Texas parents who are considering filing for divorce, jurisdiction is an important matter. While many families will file in the state in which they currently reside, there are cases in which the jurisdiction can be selected. For those spouses, calculation of child support should be part of the decision-making process.
When Texas residents think of the term "fugitive," they may immediately imagine a person on the run, attempting to evade authorities after a violent crime or a robbery. While this is sometimes the case, police take other crimes just as seriously, including non-payment of child support. While most parents are likely aware that child support orders are legally binding, they may not understand that failure to make timely payments can result in the same sorts of serious penalties as other serious crimes.