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The importance of child support for single parents in Texas

Studies have shown that the number of children born to unmarried parents has been holding steady at about 40 percent in the United States. While some of these parents will marry and other parents will live together, most children will end up living with just one parent. This generally necessitates that the custodial parent or the parent the child spends the most time with receive child support.

It has been shown that children with unmarried parents are three times as likely to be poor. This is due to a combination of issues, which are that the household has only one income to rely on and the fact that parents in this situation tend to have relatively low levels of education, which limits their ability to find a high paying job.

Unsurprisingly, children do better when they have access to additional resources, and that often leads to fewer behavioral problems and better cognitive development. These circumstances make it incredibly important for a parent to have access to child support from a child's other parent.

Just because the court has ordered a parent to pay child support or a couple has agreed to child support doesn't always mean that child support payments will be forthcoming. Unfortunately, there are many situations where an individual will fail to meet their responsibilities. When this occurs, it is often a struggle for the custodial parent to make ends meet and makes it even harder to raise children on their own. A lawyer could explain the options for seeking to have child support orders enforced and help to determine the best course of action.

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