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Maintaining child support when co-parenting

A parent is obligated to provide financial support for his or her children which is pretty straightforward if a child's parents are still married. After divorce it takes a little more effort to make sure a child is still financially secure. Child support is usually the best method for this, and parents in Texas can even make their own support arrangements through alternative dispute resolutions, like mediation. Still, it is not uncommon for co-parents to experience support-related issues, so here are a few ways to get back on track.

Child support is important, but not everyone is paying

Finding a foothold for financial security after divorce is not impossible. However, depending on a person's situation, doing so can end up being rather difficult. Divorced Texas parents often count on things like child support and alimony to make ends meet, but those payments do not always come as expected.

How did the judge decide my child support amount?

Both child and spousal support are important parts of divorce that most people understand they may encounter when ending their marriages. However, confusion about how judges determine the correct amount for child support can leave some people in Texas worried that they are paying more than they should. Understanding what factors go into these decisions can help people better understand what they are paying and why.

Child support can be modified

Divorce can be difficult for children, but most Texas parents are aware of this and work to make sure that their best interests are fully respected throughout the process. This includes figuring out a child support order that both respects a child's needs but also his or her parent's ability to pay. In some cases parents may decide on their own child support plan while in others a judge will issue the order.

Woman receives $150,000 for back child support

Texas parents usually keep their children's emotional and financial well-being in mind during divorce. This includes adhering to a child support order that ensures a child's continued financial security. Unfortunately, some parents do not take this responsibility as seriously as they should. One woman in another state recently learned she could do something about it.

Who pays child support in a joint custody situation?

In general, whichever parent has primary custody of their child will also receive support payments from their ex. However, with custody increasingly trending toward joint custody and shared parenting, how are Texas parents to handle child support payments? Ultimately, it comes down to the individual needs of each family. 

Get child support right the first time

As a parent, you already know that the financial undertaking of raising children is not for the faint of heart. From school supplies and fees to the weekly grocery bill, it is not cheap to be a parent. This may have you worried about your upcoming divorce, particularly if you earn significantly more than your soon-to-be ex, or vice-versa. Who will foot the bill for health care costs and how will you divide financial responsibility for other major financial responsibilities? Your child support order can cover all of these concerns. 

Here's why you should be paying your child support

Divorce is an emotionally straining period of life, which can make some court-ordered decisions feel like more of a burden than a legal obligation. However, shirking certain duties -- such as child support payments -- is not a good idea. Staying current on child support will not only keep a Texas parent out of trouble with the court but it also has numerous other benefits. 

Angelina Jolie recently filed paperwork for child support

It is not uncommon for Texas couples to work out arrangements regarding their children long before they finalize their divorces. Even if child support or custody will ultimately be changed, having a tentative agreement is essential for the well-being of the children involved. However, it is usually best to have a court order in place, otherwise issues surrounding these topics are likely to come up.

Who qualifies for child support in Texas?

There is no denying it -- kids are expensive. From yearly school supplies to new clothes to fees for extracurricular activities, the cost of raising a child in Texas can sometimes seem astronomical. Child support is an essential tool for parents who are divorced or are raising their child without the help of the other parent. However, exactly which parent qualifies for support payments is not always clear.

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