Is Child Support Mandatory in the State of Texas?

By Wayne Thomas

The obligation to financially support your child does not end after divorce. In that sense, both parents are responsible for providing child support in Texas. However, actual support payments from one parent to the other are generally mandatory if one parent has more overnights with the child under a custody arrangement.

Right to Support

In Texas, you are presumed to be financially supporting any child currently living with you. If one parent has more overnights with the child than the other parent, she is referred to as the custodial parent and is generally entitled to support payments from the other, noncustodial, parent. In cases where both parents' time with the child is equal and both have similar incomes, a court could conclude that no payments need to be made. However, this does not relieve you of your responsibility to financially support the child while he is in your care.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More
What Is the Maximum Amount of Child Support in Maryland?

References

Related articles

Power of Attorney Obligations

A person who creates a power of attorney, known as the principal, typically appoints someone she fully and completely trusts to act as her agent, or attorney-in-fact. The authority granted under a power of attorney often allows the agent to perform actions that, absent a power of attorney, only the principal herself can perform. Therefore, the agent has a fiduciary responsibility to act for the benefit of and in the best interest of the principal.

New Mexico Child Support Regulations

In New Mexico, the amount of child support is determined based on the principle that a child should receive the same level of support he received while his parents were married or still living together. This requires both parents to contribute to the total obligation in proportion to their incomes, based on a formula established by state law. Once ordered, the child support obligation lasts until the child reaches the age of majority.

Is a Divorce Decree a Court Order?

After receiving your divorce decree from the court, you may wonder if you have to comply with all the terms and conditions of the decree. A divorce decree is signed by a judge and is, therefore, an official court order. While all orders are signed by a judge, not all orders may be referred to as decrees.

Get Divorced Online

Related articles

How to Operate a Texas LLC

A limited liability company, or LLC, is a flexible form of business association that combines the limited liability ...

Illinois Laws on Child Support of Disabled Children

In Illinois, as in all states, parents are responsible for financially supporting their children. This is true even ...

How to Determine Child Support Amounts in Kentucky

Kentucky uses what is known as an Income Shares model for calculating child support. This model attempts to recreate ...

What Is the Difference Between Custodial Parent & Primary Physical Custody?

During your divorce, the court awards physical custody -- which determines where your child resides -- to either you, ...

Browse by category
Ready to Begin? GET STARTED