10 MOST COMMON CHILD SUPPORT MISCONCEPTIONS IN TEXAS

If you are involved in any type of dispute involving child support in Texas you have probably been given advice from well-meaning family and friends about what your options and rights are. Unfortunately, some advice that may have been accurate in the past may not be accurate now and because each family law case presents a unique fact situation even completely accurate statements about something that happened to another person may not matter in your case. So, here are 10 child support misconceptions that we would like to clear up:

  1. The guy is always going to be ordered to pay child support.
  2. Child support must be set according to the guidelines in the Family Code.
  3. Whatever the Attorney General says goes.
  4. If you have equal custody of the children there will be no child support awarded.
  5. All of the child support paid to the state disbursement unit goes directly to the person caring for the child
  6. The person paying child support for the child should get credit for any money they spend that goes towards caring for the child.
  7. The person being paid child support can only spend that money on food, clothing, and shelter for the child.
  8. Once child support is set it cannot be changed.
  9. If you don’t have possession of your child you don’t have to pay child support.
  10. If you are being denied access to your child it doesn’t matter that you stop paying child support.
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