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An analysis of child support

Many Texas parents who have gone through a divorce have concerns about child support. Contrary to what many people believe, only about half of the custodial parents in the United States actually have a formal child support agreement or order with the other parent, according to 2013 census data. In addition, in that year less than half of these parents actually received the agreed-upon payments.

For many of these custodial parents, not receiving child support creates a financial burden. Both the child and the parent may suffer as the parent seeks to meet the cost of everyday expenses and health care. Children may find themselves in day care or afterschool programs while their parent works one or more jobs. The stress caused by strained finances can also take a toll on the parent-child relationship.

In some cases, custodial parents may not be aware of their eligibility for child support or the remedies available to them when the other parent fails to meet his or her obligations. While child support issues can be complex, it may be possible for a parent to seek a child support modification or to get assistance in addressing delinquent payments.

In an ideal world, both parents would cooperate and come to an agreement that is in the best interest of the child. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case and there may be a need to escalate efforts to collect child support payments. An attorney who has family law experience can often be of assistance to a noncustodial parent who is seeking enforcement of an existing order. There are various types of methods that could be ordered by the court, including wage garnishment.

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