How Many Years does Child Support Continue in Texas?

If your divorce involves children, a child support order will be issued by the court. This is true even in cases where the child or children spend their time equally between both parents’ homes. It is equally true when the parents have never been married, providing paternity is first established.

Child support orders can be modified as financial and custodial situations change. They cannot, however, be discontinued until the child reaches 18 or graduates from high school – whichever comes later. If there is more than one child involved, support payments will be required until the youngest meets those same qualifications.

If the child has permanent disabilities, a support order may be indefinite. Voluntary extensions may also be written into court orders when, for example, a parent wishes to continue providing support through college. During your consultation with Sugar Land child support attorney Yasmin Kutty, all of your options will be discussed in full to make sure the best decision for you and your dependent children is made.

How is Child Support Enforced in Texas?

In the state of Texas, child support is paid on a monthly basis. If the paying parent (obligor) fails to pay, the receiving parent (obligee) can file an enforcement action with the court. This action gives the court a number of options for enforcement of child support. Some of these include:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Interception of tax returns
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Business, hunting, and fishing license suspension
  • Passport suspension

In some cases, a contempt of court order may be issued. This can result in fines and even jail time, but is the least common enforcement measure and typically used only in extreme cases.

Attorney Kutty helps with all aspects of child support, from initial agreements to modification and enforcement. If you are in need of a child support lawyer in Texas, please contact the Kutty Law Firm today. Located in Sugar Land, Mrs. Kutty serves Conroe, The Woodlands, King, Katy, and all neighboring communities.