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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.

When parents agree to end child support payments

Some Texas parents who are divorced may find that they no longer want or need to receive child support payments. This could be for several reasons including that the parents have gotten back together. If this happens, the parents may need to go to court to explain the situation and why the support is no longer needed.

Punishing parents who willfully avoid paying child support

If Texas parents get a divorce, it is likely that one parent will be responsible for paying child support. In some cases, however, non-custodial parents may attempt to avoid paying the child support by fleeing the state, even if they have been ordered to by the court. As a result, they could potentially face legal consequences under the federal Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act.

Failure to pay child support triggers penalties

The Texas Attorney General's Office has taken a hard stance against noncustodial parents who are behind on child support. People who have missed payments could have the renewal of their vehicle registrations denied. Civil and criminal penalties for parents who fail to make their payments have emerged because of the important role that steady financial support plays in the lives of children.