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The importance of DNA tests with child support disputes

As some Texas families find out when they begin a child support case, a DNA test might be required to settle the case. A DNA paternity or maternity test often means the difference between a parent and child receiving support from the non-custodial parent or not.

Understanding child support cases

Not all Texas residents who pay or receive child support have the same type of child support case. In fact, there are four types of support cases created by Title IV of the Social Security Act of 1975. Title IV established the grants to fund aid and services to families and children in need. To understand how individual child support cases work, it is important to learn the differences between these four types.

Buying a home when back child support is owed

Child support is counted as debt when applying for a loan or attempting to obtain a mortgage from a lender to purchase a home. Therefore, if a Texas parent is delinquent on payments, it will show up as a derogatory credit event. This could minimize the odds that the homebuyer will get the loan. Nevertheless, not all loan programs automatically disqualify applicants because of back child support issues.

Types of joint custody and child support

Many parents in Texas share joint custody of their children. These moms and dads should make sure they understand the differences between joint legal and physical custody when discussing how to share parenting time and responsibilities. The type of custody a parent has been granted in a court order can determine their legal obligation to pay child support.

Britney Spears, Kevin Federline resolve child support dispute

Texas fans of singer Britney Spears may have heard that she and her ex, Kevin Federline, were in a child support dispute. Federline was claiming that the amount originally set should be raised since Spears was making so much more money at her residency in Las Vegas. Federline, on the other hand, cannot get dancing work anymore because of his age and has struggled to make ends meet.

Understanding the different ways to deal with child support

During a divorce, many Texas couples also have to negotiate child support. Understanding the different types of child support cases might be helpful. Additionally, parents should keep in mind that during a child's life, the situations surrounding their support might change and that in many instances, that will affect their type of support case.

Actor challenges higher child support payments

The drama that people in Texas view on the television show "Grey's Anatomy" bleeds into real life for the actor Jesse Williams. Media reports about his most recent court filings indicate that he intends to challenge his monthly child support payment order of $50,629. His legal petition comes less than a month after a court increased his obligation from $33,242 a month. His legal filings claim that an "error in law" resulted in the increase.

The process of getting child support that is owed

When parents in Texas and other states get divorced, one person may be granted custody of the children while the other individual is ordered to pay child support. If a parent fails to pay support as ordered, he or she could be put in jail. Other common penalties for failing to pay child support include the loss of a driver's license or passport and wage garnishment.

What to do when noncustodial parents claim to be poor

Some noncustodial parents, in an effort to avoid paying child support, choose to live in poverty. They may rely on unreported freelance work to make ends meet and contribute less than their fair share to their children's expenses. The Texas child support enforcement system takes this kind of behavior very seriously. The first step for a custodial parent to take is filing for a formal child support order.