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When parents paying child support face financial crisis

Parents in Texas want to provide for their children, and child support can be an important part of that picture. Child support payments help to make sure that children are able to maintain a decent lifestyle, and kids whose parents pay support are more likely to stay out of poverty. However, child support determinations are based on parental income. Parents can't pay more than they make, after all. Payments should reflect the income of the parents at the time the order was made, but parents' fortunes can change over time. In particular, parents who fall ill, develop a disability or lose their jobs may face severe financial hardship and be unable to pay their child support bills.

Challenges of paying child support

Many noncustodial parents in Texas may struggle to meet their child support obligations. While the terms "deadbeat dad" and "deadbeat mom" are often used to describe parents who do not pay their child support as ordered in court, they may not always be accurate. In many cases, parents may be struggling with overall financial problems and difficulties rather than seeking to avoid child support specifically. After all, people cannot discharge child support debt in bankruptcy, so the hefty support bills may remain even for people who lose almost everything due to a financial crisis.

How incarceration can impact child support

Parents who owe child support in Texas or any other state could still be liable for making payments while in jail. In some cases, a judge may be willing to review an existing support order before either the custodial or noncustodial parent begins their sentence. An individual could be required to continue making payments according to the original agreement depending on the circumstances in a given matter.

Resolving child support cases in multiple states

There is a possibility that a child support order that was created in Texas will need to be modified in the future. The process of modifying an order may be more complicated if one or both spouses move to another state. Parents who are seeking child support in another state will be guided by the terms of The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). Typically, the state where the order originates will continue to have jurisdiction over the matter.

The four types of child support cases

The child support system in Texas can be a source of confusion to parents because it is often more complex than they expect it to be. There are four different categories of child support cases, which are based on their status under the Social Security Act of 1975's Title IV. These categories are IV-D cases, non-IV-D cases, IV-A cases and IV-E cases.

Why a support order could be changed

Child support orders issued in Texas or any other state can be modified at a later date if necessary. A parent who seeks to modify an existing child support order will need to show that he or she has experienced a significant change in circumstances. For instance, a parent could claim that a decrease in income makes it difficult to comply with the existing order. Tax returns, pay stubs or other financial records may be used to verify that claim.

How a disability can impact child support payments

Parents in Texas and throughout the country who become disabled may not be able to make their child support payments in full. However, it doesn't mean that their obligation to support their children comes to an end. Those who receive disability benefits may be required to give a portion of that income to the child's other parent.

Gucci Mane agrees to pay more in child support

Noncustodial parents in Texas and throughout the country must generally provide for their children regardless of how well known they are. After a lengthy legal battle, Rapper Gucci Mane agreed to pay $10,000 a month in child support to the child's mother. He also agreed to back payments worth at least $100,000 to resolve the matter. The woman had asked that the rapper increase his monthly child support payments from $2,026.49 a month to $20,000 a month.

How child support impacts a mortgage application

Texas parents who have a child support balance in arrears may still be able to get a mortgage. However, this will depend on whether the balance appears on a credit report. It will also depend on the parent's income, credit score and debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. For example, someone who applies for a Fannie Mae loan with a DTI of over 36% will need a credit score of 700 to buy a house with a down payment of less than 25%.