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How does child support work in Texas?

Are you the divorcing parent of a child in Texas? If so, you or your future former spouse may be required to make child support payments. Whether you are the parent who is ordered to pay support or the parent who may receive such support, it is important for you to understand a few things about these requirements in Texas.

Can you deduct child support on your tax return?

In recognition that tax season is fast approaching, this blog will publish a few posts about the intersection of taxes and family law issues. This post will go over how child support is treated on your tax return. Child support is payments given by one spouse to the other parent. It is meant as a way to provide replace "care" that the paying spouse would normally provide. Child support payments are thus, nominally, "given" to the child but in reality, you remit them to the parent who is supposed to expend them on the child?s care.

Eligibility for child support in joint custody situations

Raising a child is a responsibility that both parents have to undertake. It is a legal obligation to support the child who is in the primary custody of the other parent. Most parents wonder if they are entitled to child support, however, there are certain concerns to consider before exercising your rights to receive the payments.

Revision and modification of child support

Child support is a legal obligation for all parents who have been separated. Children are brought into this world by the parents, which is why the responsibility to care for them lies with the parents. Parents must always consider the best interests of their child, even if they do not have full custody. One important part of taking care of your child's needs is paying child support. It is the periodic payment to the custodial parent to provide financial support for taking care of the child. Child support may only be spent on the upbringing of the child.

New Texas child support delinquency program yielding results

Back in September, we talked on this blog about a new program that the state of Texas was rolling out in order to collect back child support from those who owe it. Under the new plan, if you're more than six months behind on child support payments, you won't be able to renew your vehicle registration. The state can already take someone's license away, but now so-called "deadbeat" parents will be refused service at the DMV.

Texas implementing new process aimed at child support delinquency

The state of Texas is rolling out a new tactic designed to force payments from parents who are behind on child support. The office of the Texas Attorney General began sending out notices this month warning parents that they will be unable to renew their vehicle registration if they are behind on payments by at least six months. The attorney general's office can already take away licenses for non-paying parents, but now the DMV will start refusing service as well.

Is it possible to modify a child support agreement?

Every parent is obligated to financially support his or her child, regardless of who has custody. Child support is a legal obligation imposed on the non-custodial parent to provide financial support to the parent with primary custody. The financial contribution of the non-custodial parent is dedicated to the upbringing of the child.

Modifying child support to cover medical expenses

Depending on how comprehensive your child support order is, you may have already taken into account medical expenses when determining a support amount, especially if your child has an ongoing or chronic medical issue. However, including medical expenses in a child support calculation is not generally the practice. And, depending on the situation, extraordinary medical expenses may have you looking to modify your current child support order.

Does child support end at 18?

Contrary to common belief, child support does not necessarily end when a child turns 18. In fact, child support doesn't end until a family court judge says so. This court order can be made once a child turns 18, graduates high school, gets married or is emancipated. Until then, however, child support obligations must be kept current.

Child support changes as a child grows

One of the most commonly argued aspects of divorce is child support. Even if child custody is clear-cut, child support and who pays what is often revisited time and time again throughout a child's minor years. In fact, as times change and more and more technology is available to our youth, the increasing cost of a child's changing lifestyle may prompt many parents to request a child support modification.

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