Texas Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: Am I able to use Legal Aid if I’m a Stay at Home mother with no income... I’m needing a divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Answered on Jan 27, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
They have income guidelines and other requirements to qualify. You should contact them directly and ask them.

Q: Would I have to pay c/s to my ex if our children live with me? I work full time- pay for everything & he refuses to work

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
You need to review your order and that controls as to who is responsible for child support. If there is a modification by the other party and you have been served with it then you should get an attorney to fight the modification. It is possible for either party to be ordered to pay child support.

Q: My child mother placed me on child support but I never had DNA done or signed acknowledge paper. Do I owe back pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
The most important thing is to get a DNA test. We could assist you on getting you through it all. We be happy to assist 888-343-4529 or 888-3434LAW.

Q: Can she put me on child support? Do i have any legal obligation to the child?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 11, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
If her husband had his name placed on the child’s birth certificate and he resided with the child the first two years of child’s life, he is the presumed father, but this can be rebutted through a paternity suit. So if she files a paternity suit then the court is likely to order a dna test to make sure you are the father. If you are in fact the father you can voluntarily terminate your parental rights.

Q: I have a judge ordered CS payment due for 1/2019. Have 2 pay in full or can I split up pay as long as it's by 1/31/19?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Support and Municipal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Look at your order for the due date. Follow that. It should state the exact date that it is due. To be on the safe side pay be that date.

Q: My s/o and I went to c/s a year ago because She wanted the health insurance. Now she leaving and taking our 2yr old.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Look at the order that was signed by the judge when you went to the child support court. It should also have some details about your visitation rights. Good luck.

Q: I been paying my child support but it hasn't been motified in 10 years so now im worried i could owe back child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Don't let that bother you. If the order has not been modified by the court then they can't go back and say you owe more than previously ordered. Go ahead and fight for your visitation rights. We can assist as well 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: Can a person sue for grandparents rights if their son isn't supporting the child

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
The fact that your son is not supporting his child should not affect your right to assert as a grandparent.

Q: I pay cs to my ex for our daughter. N she's keeping our daughter away from me CS gets taken out of my check

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 8, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Your obligation to pay child support is not contingent on whether or not you are allowed visitation with your child and vice-versa. You are entitled to see your child, so you want to see a lawyer who practices family law who can help you enforce your visitation rights.

Q: can i still file for child support for my daughter even tho she just had a baby and is only 17years old and school

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Matthew Valley's answer
You likely can still file for child support despite her status as a parent. As for his threat to give up his rights: that isn't something a parent can do without approval of the court, and typically courts are very hesitant to let a parent relinquish his or her parental rights solely to avoid child support obligations.

Q: Is the cost of a drug inpatient program responsibility of non-custodial parent? My daughter is 17.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The answer to your question lay in your Final decree of Divorce, your Order of Conservatorship, Mediation Settlement Agreement, or whatever document you have that lays out each parent's rights and duties. Whichever parent is responsible for medical care that is who must pay for the program. Sometimes this is a shared expense. Your being estranged from your daughter does not relieve you of your rights and duties as her parent.

Q: If my child support was terminated and the mother of my child signed off on the papers how could it come back

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
It depends on the circumstances. Has the child aged out? Turned 18? We’re there child support in arrears and due? What papers did your ex sign? These questions must be answered before an attorney could advise you.

Q: My job is going to offer Health Ins but my ex has my son on Medicaid and is opposed. Do I have to cover him on my plan?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 1, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
If your Final decree designates you as the parent who provides the child health insurance, then you are the one responsible to provide. Once you have added the child to your health plan, you may want to seek legal counsel regarding the modification of your support requirements so that you are not paying for Medicaid.

Q: If My ex spouse has one of our kids and I have the other, how is child support determined

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Dec 22, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Child support would be modified and the difference in what you are required to pay and what the other parent is required to pay would examined. You would also need to determine the number of years support is going to be required for each child individually in the future after one of them emancipates. We can be reached at 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: What happens when child must change school because of bully problem?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Since your son is in high school then child support obligation is not that for that many years then my practical suggestion is that you continue to work together for the benefit of your son. If there becomes an issue or disagreement then of course consult legal counsel. Good luck.

Q: If my daughter's Mom takes her to a different state and put me on child sup we split up after 2 years

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Child support is to be used for expenses for the child going forward. Retroactive child support is for past child support needs. Both parents have an obligation to finance their child’s needs.

Q: My child father is always cursing at me when we discuss thing about my son should I just go ahead with Child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Nov 23, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
You can set up payments for child support. The Office of the Attorney General helps to set up child support orders for noncustodial parents. If you feel that they may be too busy and you would like personal attention I suggest you consult with an attorney near you. We see your location as Dallas. We are located in Houston and serve those in Harris County and surrounding counties.

Q: How do go about collecting it when I've had change of address?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Google the Office of Texas Attorney General to find their contact information to inquire if an account is setup for you already. You can update your new address with their office as well. Good luck.

Q: My child support withholdings were supposed to end as of 6/1/18 however the OAG continues to withhold.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Oct 16, 2018
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
You need to file an official end to the withholding order.

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