Raising a child in today's fluctuating economy can be difficult, especially for single parents. However, every Texas parent should understand that children have the legal right to be financially supported from both of their parents. This means that a custodial parent should be getting child support to help pay for the everyday expenses of raising a child. Furthermore, children are entitled to support to help pay for other expenses including medical care, educational expenses and even extracurricular expenses.
Under almost all circumstances, Texas parents have the responsibility to financially support their children. When a child's parents are no longer together, that child is supported through child support payments. Child support is generally determined by a family law court by using a formula which takes into account various financial factors. Parents that have delinquent child support payments can face serious penalties.
All children have financial needs that their parents are responsible for paying. They need clothing, food, medical care and housing. In this day and age, it can be very expensive to raise a child in Texas and both parents are often needed to help foot the bill. When the parents of a child are no longer a couple, child support is often ordered to make sure these expenses are covered.
The court system, the Texas attorney general and other law enforcement officials all take parents' obligation to financially support their children seriously. When child support is ordered by a court, Texas parents are expected to pay or face serious penalties.
Immediately after a divorce, a lot changes take place in the lives of those involved. The couple must move from one household to two. In many cases expenses are doubled and new expenses, including child support are added. While child support payments are meant for the financial needs of the couple's children, these payments can sometimes create a financial burden for a parent.
When Texas parents decide to divorce, they often want to make the transition as easy as possible for their children. This often means that parents need to continue to financially support their children after the divorce. In most situations, the court will determine the amount of financial support each parent must contribute.
The recent economic recession has hit many Texas families hard. People have been forced to pay for more with less money. Through it all, those who are raising a child in Texas still have expenses they cannot get out of paying. Children still need to eat and have medical bills and educational expenses.
Back in June, this blog discussed child support disputes which involve questions about paternity. To recap: a senate law passed by Texas Governor Rick Perry is allowing men who believe they are unjustly paying child support to take a paternity test in an effort to put an end to their required child support obligations. Texas men have until Sept. 1 to take the test. If it is proven that a man is not the father of a child, then he can stop paying child support. However, men will not be reimbursed for money they have already paid.
Courts have a duty to ensure that the best interests of children are met in family law proceedings. For most cases, this means that courts will make sure the children are going to have their financial needs met. The way Texas courts do this is by ordering child support.
Texas children need to be taken care of so that they can grow up with everything they need. Raising a child is expensive in today's society and it is both parents' responsibility to contribute. If for some reason the parents of a child are no longer together, both parents are still obligated to support the financial needs of the child.