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Delinquent child support and credit

In Texas, child support is ordered so that children can enjoy standards of living that are similar to what they could have enjoyed if the children's parents had stayed together. It is meant to provide for the children's needs. When a parent does not receive child support that is owed to him or her, then it is possible that the children may not have their needs met.

A little-known caveat is that missed child support payments can also potentially harm the parent who is supposed to pay it. The courts and the state report delinquencies to the major credit reporting bureaus. This means that failing to pay child support as ordered or on time can affect the person's ability to get loans and mortgages.

Delinquencies may be updated with a new report made each month. This means that delinquent child support can remain noted on the parent's credit for far longer than the standard 7 years for other types of delinquencies. Most people fall behind because of changes in their financial circumstances. It is important for them to get back before the court and request that their child support amounts be reduced rather than falling behind.

People who have recently lost their jobs and who are having trouble paying their ordered child support should continue making the payments in the amount ordered until the court grants a modification of it. It may be a good idea to file a motion to modify child support immediately upon the loss of a job so that it can be resolved more quickly. People may want to seek help from a family law attorney for drafting and filing the motion. Parents who are owed child support may also want to get help from a family law attorney in order to compel payment of the back amounts they are owed.

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