Child support is a requirement that can be applied in any state. However, Texas tends to have its own version of child support that is a bit different from several other states, according to the Law Offices of Springer & Lyle. For instance, here are five of the more notable differences:
- Texas tends to put significant weight on which parent physically has care of the child, and that means the parent with the less amount of in-person care time or non-custodial becomes the paying parent.
- Parents have a limited ability to agree between each other for lower support payments. Texas family court that sets the amount of payment or any modification. Normally, the amount is based on a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s income unless the court determines otherwise due to other factors.
- While children will receive child support in Texas through a court order until they reach the age of 18 years, disabled children could receive support indefinitely if determined appropriate by the court.
- The court can also order that a parent provides health insurance for a child, in addition to child support, to ensure medical support is available and taken care of.
- To capture more errant parents owing child support, Texas initiated a link between car registration and keeping support payments timely. The change went into action at the end of 2016 and now will be triggered when payments are owed and the parent tries to get a vehicle registered. In short, the car registration will be blocked, effectively grounding the parent until the child support payments owed are cleared up.
If you live in North Texas and are facing a potential child support case as well as needing representation from family law attorneys, Springer & Lyle can help. Their advocates are some of the most experienced in the region and well-versed on the intricacies of Texas child support laws as well as local court requirements. Knowledge and awareness is half the battle in litigation matters, and child support is no different. Springer & Lyle can help, so give them a call at 940-387-0404.