The Texas Family Code presumes that both parents should support their children, though not necessarily in exactly the same way. The noncustodial parent is usually ordered to pay20% of his or her net income to the other parent for the support of the first child, and an additional 5% for the support of each additional child, in addition to the cost of health insurance for the children. Uninsured medical costs are usually divided equally between the parents. Child support is one of the few debts that is enforceable by contempt, which is to say, jail time is a very real possibility if not paid in a timely manner. Child support debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, and repeated failure to pay child support can result in loss of all manner of state licenses. The Texas Attorney General often plays an active role in enforcing child support obligations, so it is important to keep current on child support payments. A significant change in circumstances can usually justify modification of a child support obligation and avoid, or at least minimize future problems brought on by changes in income, relocations, or additional family responsibilites. Whether the problem is one of enforcement or modification, the worst solution to a child support problem is to ignore it. It never goes away, it almost always gets worse over time, and both the child and the parents suffer the consequences in the end.
Notice: This is offered as general information only and should not be interpreted as legal advice because everyone's situation is unique to that individual. For an in-depth analysis of your personal circumstances, you should contact an experienced attorney of your choice.