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Important aspects of child support

Child custody has many aspects. One that can lead to stressful situations is child support. While the laws and guidelines about how to determine child support vary from state to state, there are some things Texas parents should know which can help make the process smoother and prevent a negative impact on their children.

The first thing that must be resolved in some cases is paternity. This is particularly imperative in cases where the parents were not married when the child was born. Courts rely on established paternity to begin the process and award child support. In cases where the father is not admitting paternity voluntarily, a mother might visit her local child support enforcement office for legal assistance. Once the issue has been resolved and a child support order has been made, it is recommended that child support payments go through this office, since both parents can be given concrete proof that child support payments are being made correctly and on time.

In most cases, parents are legally bound to support their children until they turn 18 or become emancipated. Each state uses its own formula to decide the amount of child support payments that might be established, and the formula often takes into account the incomes of both parents, the amount of time a child spends with each parent and other factors.

Parents who have been ordered to pay support should always make a prompt request for a modification if they have an unexpected financial downturn such as a job loss or a medical emergency. Family law attorneys will advise their clients that even if a modification is obtained, it applies only to future payments and not those that may be in arrears as of the date it is granted.

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