Under Texas law, the person generally responsible for making child support payments is the noncustodial parent, which, as its name suggests, is the parent who spends less time with the child. In fact, in Texas the most decisive factor when determining which parent will be responsible for paying child support is the child custody arrangement in place.
Specifically, child support is calculated using state guidelines that take into account the noncustodial parent’s income and the number of children involved. While the court generally assumes the child support obligation calculated using the guidelines is appropriate, it can deviate from this amount if the situation calls for it ― although this rarely is the case.
If you have questions about child support calculation, enforcement or modification, our Family Law Division can help. With more than 17 years of legal experience, attorney Nora Artalejo Lovett has a deep understanding of these often complex laws. To schedule a consultation, call us at 915-356-2222 or email us online. We serve clients throughout El Paso County and the surrounding area.
How Long Does Child Support Last?
In most cases, child support obligations continue until your child reaches the age of 18 or until he or she graduates from high school, whichever is later. However, a court may order child support payments indefinitely if the child is disabled. In addition, child support may end if the child gets married or emancipated.
Enforcement And Modification Of Texas Child Support
Just because a child support order is in place doesn’t mean you won’t have issues down the road. For instance, if the noncustodial parent fails to make the required payments, you may need legal assistance with child support enforcement.
Also, if you, the child or the child’s other parent experiences a substantial change in circumstances ― such as a dramatic change in income or an increase in the child’s medical needs ― a modification to child support may be warranted. In any case, it is always best to seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer if you have questions.