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The role of child support and shocking data regarding arrears

The monthly amount that a noncustodial parent is ordered to pay in support for children is based on the parent's income. The calculation varies from 20 percent for one child to 40 percent for five or more children. Across the United States, more than $26 billion was distributed in 2013 in support payments. Of this, more than $3.5 billion went to custodial parents and children in Texas. However, noncustodial parents in the state also owe almost $11 billion in unpaid support.

Methods for collecting child support from parents outside Texas

When a noncustodial parent moves to another state, he or she is not beyond the reach of legal means to ensure that child support payments continue to reach the child or children still residing in Texas. Several forms of enforcement can be used to collect money when someone falls behind on child support.

How child support may be used in Texas

A common public perception about child support is that it should only be used to provide for the most basic needs a child may have. Child support is designed to provide for much more beyond food and clothing, however, and it may be used to pay for a broad category of things that are related to the costs of raising a child.

Calculating child support in Texas

Any Texas parent of a minor child may be interested to learn how child support is calculated. Child support in Texas is paid until a child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever is later, so it is important for both parents to ensure that the right amount is being paid. A judge may extend support for a disabled child who is not capable of self-support.

Man released from prison in child support case

A Texas man who was sent to prison for allegedly failing to pay child support was released on July 2 after a review of his case by an associate judge found that a clerical error was to blame. The man was reportedly almost $3,000 behind in child support payments because payments that were supposed to be automatically deducted from his paycheck were only taken out on a sporadic basis.

Social media becomes useful tool in child support cases

Authorities throughout the country, including Texas, are cracking down on parents who refuse to pay court-ordered child support, and many officials are turning to social media during their investigations. A county in Wisconsin is only one of those that is using Facebook and other similar sites to bust those shirking child support payment duties.

Child support legislation advancing in Senate

Parents in Texas and around the country may be interested in proposed legislation scheduled to be considered by the Senate Finance Committee before the end of 2013. The bipartisan bill, entitled the Supporting At-Risk Children Act of 2013, is designed to strengthen the enforcement of existing child welfare laws and contains several provisions that appeared in an earlier proposal introduced in the Senate several months ago.

Texas has a unique child support service

The Office of the Attorney General in Texas, known as OGA, has an online directory called Access and Visitation that lists programs all around the state that offer plans for cooperative parenting after divorce. There are 1.5 million children statewide who have parents living apart. Studies show that when the noncustodial parents remain involved and pay child support, the children benefit in a variety of ways.

Millionaires locked in conflict over child support

Dallas residents may be interested in a child support case between two millionaires, a woman, and her five-year-old child. The two millionaires, one of whom is a prominent Wall Street financier, and the other a former bank executive, have each shared a romantic liaison with the woman, one of which produced the child who is the focus of the child support controversy. The romance between the woman and the Wall Street financier evolved into an engagement which was broken shortly before the child was born. The break-up was reportedly a mutual agreement that ended on amicable terms.

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