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Under what circumstances will child support be ordered in Texas?


There are often a great number of questions that Texans will have about family legal issues related to child support, but the most basic one that is frequently misunderstood is when the court will order that it be paid in the first place. There are certain circumstances under which the court can order child support to be paid. Whether there is a dispute regarding child support or not, it is important to understand this foundational aspect of the law.

The court can order child support until the following circumstances are in place: a child turns 18 or has graduated from high school, whichever comes last; the child has been granted emancipation through a marriage, by removing the designation of being a minor through a court order, or some other operation of the law is enacted; the child has died; or it can be ordered for an indefinite period if child is declared disabled.

The court can order those who are of sufficient financial means to provide support and have had their parental rights terminated of a child who is in substitute care or has had the department appointed as the managing conservator of a child whose conception came from a sexual violation. This will be done until the following occurs: the child is adopted; the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes last; the child is no longer a minor via court order, marriage or some other legal decision; or the child has died. It can be provided for an indefinite period if the child is deemed disabled.

A variety of situations can lead the courts to mandating child support be paid. Those who are concerned about having to pay child support, would like child support to be paid or have some other issue related to family law should discuss the matter with an attorney experienced in these cases and any dispute related to child support.

Source: statutes.legis.state.tx.us, "Sec. 154.001. Support of Child.," accessed on March 12, 2017

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