Jump to Navigation
On Your Side Through Difficult Times

What to expect when you are expected to pay child support

Parents all across Texas are in the position to either pay or receive child support, whether they are divorced or were never married to the other parent. Child support is a critical resource that is intended to benefit the child by providing financial support to the custodial parent.

While it may be fairly simple for people to understand when they will be required to pay child support and how payments are calculated, there are many questions that come up after an order for support has been issued.

How long will I pay child support?

Generally speaking, parents in Texas will be required to pay child support until a child no longer qualifies for support. In accordance with Texas child support laws, support may be terminated when:

  • A child turns 18 and is no longer enrolled in school
  • A child gets married
  • A child is adopted
  • A child passes away
  • A child older than 18 is no longer disabled
  • Testing proves there is no genetic relationship between paying parent and child

Unless and until one of these events occurs, parents will typically be responsible for making child support payments.

How often will support be paid?

The frequency with which child support should be paid depends greatly on the specific details of an individual situation. While some parents will pay support by purchasing annuity or setting aside property, most people will make either periodic or lump-sum payments. The money will generally be taken out of a person's paycheck directly, though there are exceptions.

What happens if a parent fails to pay child support?

If a parent fails to make a payment, there are several consequences that may follow as means of enforcing the support order. To begin with, he or she may have the money taken automatically from a paycheck (in cases where income withholdings were not initially ordered), tax return and even lottery winnings. A delinquent parent could also have a driver's license and/or professional licenses suspended or revoked.

Perhaps the most serious penalty could be jail time. Delinquency is a violation of court orders, so it is possible that a parent could be held in contempt of court for non-compliance and face criminal consequences.

Can child support amounts change over time?

Unlike some other family law matters, child support orders are not one-time settlements; they can be in place for several years. During this time, many things can change in a parent's or child's life. If a parent experiences a significant change in financial means or custody or if the needs of the child dramatically increase or decrease, there may be reason to pursue a modification of support.

However, it is crucial to understand that child support payments should be made in full and on time until a modification for support is approved by the courts.

What if I have questions about delinquency?

Any parent who is unsure about their financial obligation or has concerns about missing child support payments would be wise to seek legal counsel sooner rather than later. Non-payment can quickly spiral out of control and negatively impact a child's well-being. Resolving these matters as quickly as possible with the help of an attorney can be essential.

Clients say : "She was always realistic and positive about the case; the end result was very close to what was anticipated. Lori Watson truly cared about my case and its equitable resolution. Communication with her was effortless and personable, her responses timely and pertinent. I would confidently recommend the services of Lori Watson to not only my closest friends, but family members included."

Clients say : " I first approached Lori Watson to handle my divorce two years ago. In the initial consultation I was put at ease by her objectivity and insightful nature and knew I would be well represented. Early on she assessed what was becoming a dangerous situation and placed well thought out procedures in place that were intended to protect but at the same time not provoke unwanted actions."

Clients say : " I am the single mother of a 5 year old child. Our situation is somewhat complicated because my daughter’s father and I were never married and he lives out of state. My daughter has never lived with her father which has made it difficult for the two of them to form a strong parent/child relationship. I had an attorney, whom at the time was not practicing family law." read more >>

Clients say : " I hired Ms. Watson to help me get through probably one of the most difficult times of my life, my divorce and custody battle for my children. Throughout the long-drawn out battle, Lori was very professional, empathetic to my situation, but more importantly was always there by my side." read more >>

Clients say : " Lori handled my complicated divorce with an estranged wife and children with psychological issues. Lori quickly grasped what the main issue would be in a long term contested divorce and formulated a strategy to address it." read more >>

Clients say : " Many have encountered stereotypical lawyers that tend to give attorneys a negative image. Lori Watson does not fit that stereotype and takes a fresh approach to practicing family law. As one who is in need of a family lawyer knows, it is usually a very difficult time in life with many stressors and heightened emotions. My situation was especially trying and lasted nearly a year." read more >>

Practice Areas

How can we help you?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Client Information

Recent Posts

Review Us

Firm Information

Law Office of Lori Watson
804 S Main St
Georgetown, TX 78626

Phone: 512-931-2121
Fax: 512-930-0502

Georgetown Law Office Map
E-mail Us