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Why some parents refuse to pay child support

When Texas parents separate or get a divorce, there are some legal issues that the two parents must reach solutions on. If the kids are school aged, one of the issues that must be resolved in court will be child support.

The Family Court System's job is to make decisions that are in the best interests for the children. This may mean ordering a parent who is not the custodial parent to pay child support. These monthly payments are often based on a variety of factors, including both parents' income and any specific needs that the children may have.

Some parents who are obligated to pay child support may believe that they should not have to pay child support if the other parent is earning some sort of income while the kids are in school. However, these parents still have an obligation to help with the costs of raising their children, especially if the kids live primarily with the other parent. Children's needs cost money, and the child support that parents pay is used for medical, school and even food expenses.

After a divorce, some parents have difficulties separating their anger over the end of their marriage and their financial obligations to their children. This may lead them to try to avoid making the payments to their ex-spouses, potentially leaving an ex-spouse in a dire financial situation. If the parent who is owed child support cannot find his or her ex-spouse or cannot get the ex-spouse to pay back child support, a family law attorney could potentially help. The attorney may look for hidden assets or unreported income that the ex-spouse may have. If the ex-spouse has gone missing, the attorney may determine what steps can be taken to find him or her so that he or she can be held accountable for missed child support payments.

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