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Methods for resolving conflicts over child support

Texas parents who are getting a divorce do not necessarily have to rely on a judge to make decisions about child support. They may negotiate an agreement with the help of their attorneys in an informal process. They might also go through a more formal process that uses a type of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, collaborative divorce or arbitration.

Can you get a passport if you owe child support?

When noncustodial parents in Texas and around the country fail to pay their court-ordered child support payments, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service will likely become involved. This agency, which is part of the Department of the Treasury, is tasked with collecting delinquent federal and state debts, and there are several actions that they can take to encourage individuals to meet their financial obligations. In addition to holding back lottery winnings or state or federal income tax refunds, the BFS can deny the issuance of passports to noncustodial parents who owe back child support.

Child support payments increase with car registration program

A Texas program that does not permit people who owe child support to renew their vehicle registrations if they have fallen behind in the previous six months has been effective according to the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division. A press release reports that $1.7 million has been paid in child support since the program's implementation in September 2016.

Understanding pass-through and disregard

Texas parents who are attempting to collect child support may need to understand the process known as pass-through and disregard. This federal law primarily affects families that are receiving or have received Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. How a state chooses to enforce the law may affect how much of the collected child support is disbursed to families that have also received TANF assistance.

Ways of finding a noncustodial parent

It may sometimes be necessary to locate a noncustodial Texas parent because of a need to establish paternity, in order to collect child support or for some other reason. The state child support agency may assist in this process. Information such as the noncustodial parent's birth date and Social Security number may be helpful. With this information, the agency can search the Federal Parent Locator Service. The FPLS is able to crosscheck with a number of different agencies including the IRS, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Department of Defense.

Child support after an emancipation in Texas

In Texas, the age of majority is 18. When a child reaches this age, they are considered to be emancipated, and their parents are no longer responsible for providing care or support for them. However, there are some circumstances in which a child may become emancipated before reaching the age of majority.

Actress agrees to increase child support

Texas television fans might remember actress Jodie Sweetin, who starred in the 1980s sitcom "Full House". After a long period of relatively little work, she landed a role in 2016 on the show's offshoot "Fuller House", and it gave her income a substantial increase. Jodie divorced her now 8-year-old daughter's father in 2010, and the original decree stated that she was to pay him $600 per month in child support.

Child support and disabled parents

Texas noncustodial parents who unexpectedly develop physical disabilities may experience difficulty with their child support obligations. However, the disabled parent's duty to pay child support does not disappear. Parents who are owed child support by an ex who has a physical disability should be aware of their options.