In the state of Texas, children become legally emancipated when they reach the age of majority. If their parents are divorced, the noncustodial parent will no longer have an obligation to pay child support. In some rare cases, however, the child may become legally emancipated before reaching the age of majority.
Texas fans of Mets player Jose Reyes may have heard that in addition to the three children he has with his wife, he has a daughter with another woman. She has filed a suit against Reyes alleging that he is not paying her the 17 percent of his income in child support that the law requires.
There are many Texas fathers who do not live in the same households as their children. According to a study, fathers who owe back child support may spend less time with their children, are likely to have children with multiple partners and may work fewer weeks a year than those fathers who stay current.
Texas parents who are unmarried or divorced may not have a formal child support agreement in place. According to a forthcoming study, while parents and children are better served in the current child support system in terms of more families getting more assistance, overall, the number of families in the system are down. In 2004, 60 percent of custodial parents who were eligible for child support had a formal agreement in place. By 2014, that number had dropped to 49 percent.
When Texas parents end their marriage, they typically undergo a radical lifestyle change. Household finances will be different, as each party will be living separately and incomes are no longer being combined. In many cases, the parent who is awarded primary physical custody will be entitled to receive child support through an order issued by the judge. However, it's important to note that child support does not cover all the expenses of raising children.
In one of his final acts before leaving office in January, President Barack Obama plans to ease child support obligations for prisoners in Texas and nationwide. The initiative is designed to relieve inmates of potentially crippling debt, making it easier for them to reenter society.
Texas residents likely know the actor Jeremy Renner for his highly acclaimed performances in films like "The Hurt Locker" and "The Town", but it was the 45-year-old star's contentious divorce and not his work in front of the camera that made headlines on July 26. That was when Renner's ex-wife went to the press claiming that her former husband owed her more than $48,000 in child support payments and had refused to pay her $1,600 per month to cover their 3-year-old daughter's preschool tuition fees.
A Texas private school education can be expensive when two parents are paying for it, but after a divorce many custodial parents find themselves unable to meet the costs. Most non-custodial parents are responsible for paying basic child support, but that amount is not typically enough for private school. In some case, however, the custodial parent may be able to get additional support that is specifically earmarked for the child's private education.
When a Texas couple shares a child and is no longer together, child support is an important issue that comes to the forefront. If the support payments are not made on time and in full, there is a chance that enforcement proceedings will be required. This applies to everyone including those who are in the public eye. It is when there is a child support dispute that prominent people will have their cases played out in public. Such is the case with reality show star and musician Stevie J.
Parents in Texas who are getting a divorce or unmarried parents should understand the regulations around child support. Both mothers and fathers are expected to support a child, and either parent might be required to pay child support depending on circumstances.