IMPORTANT CHILD SUPPORT INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW

If you’re working through a child support case now, there are some things you should know:

• Your child support order isn’t set in stone. Depending on the conservators’ financial circumstances, the court might issue a child support order modification. The court might order the possessory conservator to pay more or the court may as the possessory conservator to pay less. The factors that determine whether or not more support, less support, or guideline support may be ordered by a Court are specific to each case and should be discussed with an attorney.

• Failing to pay for child support can have severe legal penalties. Parents who fail to pay for child support in Texas can receive license suspensions, have their wages garnished, and even go to state jail. If you’re struggling to pay for child support, you should file for a modification of the prior order with the court and attempt to continue paying as best you can until your case gets heard. Simply abandoning payments or trying to avoid authorities can be disastrous.

• Child support payments can last longer than you think. Frequently, child support obligations are set to expire once a child reaches majority (turns 18 years old). However, that’s not always the case. If a child gets held back (so they’re still in high school when they reach majority), the court might extend payments.

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