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Modifying child support after switching jobs

People in Texas change jobs for all kinds of reasons. Some are tired of hostile workplaces while others accept higher paying positions or ones with better benefits. Whatever the reason, a noncustodial parent who switches jobs should be sure to find out whether he or she needs to modify a child support order.

Moms struggle to get the child support they need

Although both men and women can be excellent caregivers, the majority of parents with primary custody are mothers. In Texas, these mothers can typically get child support whether they were ever married or not. But for many, getting that support is probably harder than it should be.

Child support can cover out-of-pocket medical expenses

The cost of raising a child in Texas can vary from month to month or even on a weekly basis. While regular child support payments might help address most of a child's regular needs like food and housing, there are still many other costs that need to be accounted for. For example, how are divorced parents supposed to handle medical expenses that are not covered by insurance? This topic should be covered in a child support agreement.

Man charged for not paying over $100k in overdue child support

Parents in Texas who are not in a relationship with one another generally still need to provide for their children. Often, this means one parent will make child support payments to the other, custodial parent. These payments are vital for children's well-being and development. If the paying parent cannot make proper payments, it can have a detrimental effect on an entire family, especially if payments haven't been made for quite some time. This is what authorities in one state claim about a man who was tried for his failure to pay child support.

Here's how Texas judges look at income for child support

Providing financial support for a child is an important part of being a parent. When parents are divorced, one parent usually -- although not always -- pays child support to continue providing that sense of financial security. However, a parent cannot rely on a friend or family member's support order as a predictor of what he or she might pay. In Texas, judges take a variety of factors into account.

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.

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