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Child support for fathers in Texas

Texas residents will likely be aware that traditional gender roles are becoming less and less relevant as time goes on. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that women rather than men are the breadwinners in an increasing number of American homes, and more and more fathers are electing to stay home to help raise their children while their wives pursue careers. Child support is most frequently paid by fathers to mothers after a divorce, but that paradigm is also likely to be challenged in the coming years.

Gender equality in areas such as child support has come a lot further in the courts than it has in many sections of society. Fathers in Texas may apply for child support just like mothers, but many men who could qualify choose to struggle financially rather than appear to be supported by a woman.

However, taking such a stand can have serious consequences for fathers in Texas who are struggling financially if they apply for benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program provided by the state's Health and Human Services Commission. In order for TANF benefits to be awarded, the recipient must first apply for child support. TANF recipients are also required to transfer their right to child support collections to the state.

Attorneys with experience in this area could explain the benefits of seeking child support to custodial fathers in Texas who are reluctant to take this step. Attorneys could also assist child support recipients when noncustodial parents attempt to avoid their financial responsibilities or are slow to pay. In some cases, a change in income or other circumstances could merit the revisiting of child support arrangements, and attorneys may advocate on behalf of custodial or noncustodial parents in these situations.

Source: The Texas Attorney General's Office, "frequently asked questions about child support", March 2014

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