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.
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.
In Texas, child support covers a wide variety of expenses associated with raising a child. The most obvious expenses include food, utilities, rent or mortgage, clothing and other bare necessities. Yet, child support guidelines cover much, much more.
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.
As many Texas residents may know, alimony has implications for income tax. Both the payer and the payee need to indicate the amount he or she paid in alimony and the amount that was received. Beyond that, it is necessary to provide the Social Security number of the other party on one's tax return, without which a penalty may be assigned. If the divorce settlement specifies that any payments are not alimony, then they are not considered alimony when filing income tax.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas residents who are ending their marriages often have trouble discussing important divorce issues with their ex-spouses, but some family law experts say that making the effort to do so could result in lower legal bills. In many cases, divorcing couples can easily accumulate thousands of dollars in legal fees and other expenses over the weeks or months that contentious negotiations or court proceedings might last.