5 TEXAS CHILD SUPPORT MISCONCEPTIONS
- EQUAL CUSTODY MEANS NO AWARDED CHILD SUPPORT
Sometimes, when both parents spend an equal amount of time with the children post-divorce, they are able to work out an agreement where financial support is not a necessity. However, despite the civility of equal custody, sometimes a parent is still required to pay child support.
- A SET AGREEMENT CAN’T BE CHANGED
The family code in Texas has provisions in it that allow for child support agreements to be changed. As time goes on, situations evolve, and there could be several reasons why a judge would need to look back on the case and adjust.
- I CAN JUST PAY MY CHILD DIRECTLY TO MY EX-SPOUSE IF WE AGREE
Most Child Support Orders contain a clause that provides that payments made outside of the agency may not be given credit towards the child support obligation. Direct payments could result in having to basically pay double support.
- DENIED ACCESS TO MY CHILD MEANS I DON’T HAVE TO PAY
Support payments and possession may be connected, but if one party is denied access to the child, this doesn’t mean that you simply stop paying child support payments.
- THE FATHER ALWAYS HAS TO PAY
The Family Code in Texas is not gender-specific. The code states nothing about specific roles that need to be played by either the mother or the father in the family. The judge in a case will determine who pays and in what amount. This is done by examining specific factors in the case and not one of them being the gender of a parent.