Texas Child Support Laws

The Texas child support program holds both parents equally responsible for child care.

Texas child support program will also ensure that the non-custodial parent contributes to their responsibilities by enforcing child support payments.

The law will enforce payments by reporting the non-custodial parent to the credit bureau, having their license suspended, thrown in jail, etc. If a non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, then the custodial parent can file suite and have the law enforce those actions.

Child Support Wage Garnishments
Unlike most states in America, Texas law requires all child support payments to be garnished from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck. Garnishment of the non-custodial parent’s earnings will guarantee that all payments are being made.

Child Support Medical Insurance
Most states in America allow either or both parents to provide the child with medical coverage. Texas child support law requires that the non-custodial parent provides the medical coverage for the child. The non-custodial parent would have to purchase a medical plan through their employment. If coverage is unavailable through the non-custodial parent’s employment, then the custodial parent would provide the coverage.

The non-custodial parent would still be responsible for paying the coverage even if it is covered by the custodial parent’s employment. If neither parent’s employment carries no medical plan, then the court would order the non-custodial parent to pay an additional amount to cover the medical expenses. Medical coverage is not calculated within the child support plan, it is an addition that must be provided by the non-custodial parent.

How Child Support is Determined
Child support is determined by the non-custodial parent's net income and the number of children they have. For example, if the non-custodial parent has one child, 20% of his or her net income would be deducted. Twenty five percent is deducted if the obligor has two children. If the non-custodial parent has three children, then 30% of the net income is deducted. Four or five children, and the deductions would be 35% and 40% of the net income. And if the non-custodial parent has six children or more, then they would pay over 40%.

Texas Child Support Visitations
Non-custodial parents are allowed to visit their children at any time under the agreement with the custodial parent. If both parents disagree on visitations, and unable to come to an agreement, then the court will issue the standard schedule. The custodial parent would have to allow the non-custodial parent four to six weeks in the summer, ever other weekends, and alternating holidays.

Like most state, Texas enforces child support whenever a non-custodial parent refuses to pay. Below are several enforcement acts that will take action if child support is not paid.

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Child Support Enforcements

Like most state, Texas enforces child support whenever a non-custodial parent refuses to pay. Below are several enforcement acts that will take action if child support is not paid.

  • Winnings Of Any Lottery
  • Federal Income Tax Refund Checks
  • Licenses
  • Contempt

All non-custodial parents who avoid paying child support will be in contempt of court. The child support laws states that all non-custodial parents who are in contempt of court will face up to six months in prison. It is very important for non-custodial parents to pay child support in order to prevent from having  theses actions taken against them.

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