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Public assistance applicants get help collecting child support

Parents who live in separate homes may struggle to manage their finances while also taking care of their children. Public assistance is designed to bridge the gap between what parents can pay themselves and what they need to cover various necessities. When a single parent in Texas applies for public assistance, the state typically attempts to recover the money it spends from the absent parent.

Public assistance could provide support for food, child care and housing. Parents who need this type of assistance may not be getting help meeting their financial needs from the other parent. By applying for help from the state, they could also get assistance in collecting support due. Child support may help single parents become more self-sufficient.

Married parents who no longer live together but aren't financially interdependent may have difficulty receiving public assistance if they aren't legally separated. A separation agreement may define the amount a noncustodial parent should pay in child support. If the absent parent doesn't pay, the state may help the custodial parent collect the money that is due to them. Despite the lack of a biological connection, same-sex parents may be eligible for child support if they agreed to raise the child together.

Child support is often part of a settlement agreement when a couple gets divorced. However, unmarried parents might be eligible for child support as well. A divorce lawyer could help a client understand the state formula for child support so they know what they might be entitled to receive from the ex-spouse. Some settlement agreements provide more than the standard child support and could include medical expenses, tuition or costs related to extracurricular activities.

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