FAMILY LAW SERVICES – CHILD SUPPORT
The topic of child support typically comes up when dealing with a divorce of parents with minor children. Both parents are responsible to provide for the support of their children when a divorce is finalized. It is also important to understand that the judicial system looks at child support and child custody as two concepts that will be handled separately. What is considered to be part of the support of minor children?
- Health insurance, including deductibles and co-payments.
- Monthly payments based on income and ability to pay.
- Child care expenses.
- Agreed extracurricular activity.
- Handling of current physical and emotional needs for the children.
Many times, a noncustodial parent will stop making child support payments; if this happens, the custodial parent must go back to court in order to take any enforcement action to resume payments. If necessary, the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas may be asked to help locate the delinquent parent and enforce past-due child support payments. Dealing with all of these issues regarding child support is best handled by child support attorneys who are experienced in this particular aspect of family law.