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Private school and child support orders

Many Texas parents strongly believe that a private school education is important for their children. When the marriage comes to an end, however, getting child support to help pay for the tuition may be difficult.

Courts consider several factors when they are deciding whether or not to order that the non-custodial parent pays additional amounts for private school tuition above their normal child support payments. An important factor is whether the child has already been going to private school. Courts are more likely to order that the non-custodial parent pays private school tuition payments when their child has been attending the school in question. This is because courts normally don't want to disrupt the child's education and friendships.

Other factors the court looks at regarding private school tuition orders include whether the family enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle and whether the parents had discussed sending their child to private school previously. If the non-custodial parent makes his or her objection to paying for private school when it is requested as a part of a child support case, the court is likely to grant the request if the couple had always sent their child to private school while they were married. The court is also more likely to grant a request if the family was affluent while they were together and if they had discussed sending their child to private school.

Courts use statutory guidelines when they are determining the appropriate child support amounts to order. Judges are not limited to just using the guidelines, however. They may order different amounts if individual family situations call for them such as private school attendance or a child's special needs. People who have disputes about paying for private school or for their child's extraordinary needs may want to seek advice from a family law attorney.

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