ENFORCING CHILD SUPPORT IN TEXAS
In Texas, parents are required to support their children financially until the child reaches the age of 18 or stops attending high school. If the child is disabled, this obligation will extend into adulthood. Texas law provides a variety of solutions for when a parent refuses to comply with the court’s child support order. These options include:
- Withholding of Earnings: The court may order that up to 50% of the parent’s take-home pay be withheld
- Contempt: If found to be in contempt, the noncompliant parent could face a $500 fine, up to 6 months in prison, or both. This option is usually not available if your support order is from a state other than Texas.
- Suspension of State Licenses: The court could order that the parent’s driver, professional, and hunting and fishing licenses be suspended
- Withholding State Contracts, Grants and Loans
- Monetary Damages
- Liens on Property
It is important to note that child support is completely separate from visitation rights. You cannot refuse to comply with a visitation schedule simply because your ex-spouse is late on their child support payments, and your ex-spouse may not refuse to pay child support simply because you have not complied with the visitation schedule.