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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.

Slash submits settlement that includes spousal, child support

Texas fans of Guns N' Roses might be most familiar with guitarist Slash for his musical prowess, but the rock star has been in headlines most recently for his ongoing divorce. After approximately four years, proceedings seem to finally be coming to an end. He recently asked a judge to approve a settlement that addresses asset division, spousal support and child support.

Divorce and child support: how is college affected?

Saving for a child's college tuition needs is a goal that many families have. Unless certain planning steps are taken, sometimes, those funds are put into the general family savings pot. During a divorce, other financial needs may take precedence. In Texas, college funding may become part of the general child support conversation, and the parents will decide how to plan for the future. 

Texas man fights child support mishap

The father thought he was being responsible by paying all his child support obligations. Although he was no longer with the mother of his children, he upheld his end of the bargain and paid child support to her throughout the childhood of his kids. When they finally of age, a judge found that he had paid his responsibilities in full and, in fact, was entitled to a refund of a small overpayment. Unfortunately, just 30 days later, the state of Texas took his tax refund check, claiming that he owed over $6,000.

Child support enforcement technology could see an upgrade

States may see some support from the federal government for an important program that supports the well-being of children. Currently, each state is responsible to monitor and enforce child support payments from individuals in their own location. A proposed federal program would create an IT service that would take on these duties for all 50 states, making states like Texas not responsible to maintain its own program. 

Child support included in Jesse William's temporary settlement

"Grey's Anatomy" star Jesse Williams has recently been in the news in Texas for his ongoing divorce. In a recent update, he and his ex-wife announced that they reached a temporary settlement, allowing them both to move forward for now. Included in the temporary settlement are orders for spousal and child support.

Court-ordered child support provides financial security

Providing children physical security and daily necessities relies on a certain level of financial security. For divorced parents with sole physical custody or unmarried parents, child support is often where much of that financial security comes from. Although some Texas parents are hesitant to involve their child's other parent in a legal matter such as child support, doing so usually proves best.

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