Texas parents who receive child support payments from their children's other parent rely on that income to care for their kids. If those payments aren't made, it can put financial, mental and emotional strain on the parent and the children as everyone struggles to make ends meet. Though it can sometimes seem as though hope is lost when a parent refuses to make these payments, one woman's story is inspiring people around the nation. At 74 years old, she will soon be getting $150,000 in unpaid child support from her ex-husband.
Most parents are only too happy to care and provide for their children. This can hold true even if parents who share children are not in a relationship with one another. However, for varying reasons, some parents have difficulty supporting their children financially. Even if a parent has a valid reason for struggling to make child support payments, it does not negate the responsibility to do so. Local Texas police recently made several arrests of parents who had failed to make their proper payments.
When two parents are not in a relationship with one another, it often means that one of them is the primary caregiver for any children they share and the other makes child support payments to that parent. Though many Texas parents meet their obligation to pay child support without any problem, some parents do not. One out-of-state program seeks to rectify that by helping fathers, who frequently are the ones making child support payments, honor their responsibility and stay connected to their kids.
Many people believe that being wealthy would make them immune from problems, but of course, that is not the case. Rich and famous people are just as susceptible to misfortune as anyone else. When wealthy people divorce, they can have a difficult a time in determining the provisions of child care. The recent divorce case of singer Natalie Maines, who is from Texas, illustrates this exact idea. She and her husband are attempting to work out the details of their divorce, which will possibly include child support.
Raising children takes a lot of love, patience and money. If you have been through the divorce process, you and your ex likely have a child support agreement in place that, at the time of your divorce filing, made sense and worked for your children's needs. If that support order is no longer working for you, the state of Texas does allow you to seek a modification.
Texas parents going through divorce have a great many things to consider as they prepare for that process. Child support is one of the most important, as that financial assistance will help shape the custodial parent's budgeting for the months and years to come. Knowing what to expect is critical, and a family law attorney can provide a good estimate based on the family's finances. However, it isn't always possible to predict when those payments will start coming in.
Most divorces are the conclusion of a union that has failed to enrich the lives of both parties. It's important to understand, however, that not every divorce occurs due to a lack of love. In this Texas example, divorce is a possible means of reducing financial strain. For these spouses, child support won't be an area of contention in their divorce process.
In the near future,the U.S. Congress will consider proposed legislation that would change the way that needy parents in Texas and elsewhere access food assistance. The proposed change would require parents to engage in child support enforcement efforts supervised by the federal government in order to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP. Many people oppose this proposed change, arguing that it places additional barriers between needy families and assistance.
Many Texas readers are aware that Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa are headed for divorce. Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in March, and the couple are now working through negotiations. The fact that Vanessa received a significant inheritance just prior to filing may play a role in their eventual settlement. While her inheritance is not likely to be up for grabs during property division, the windfall could impact her child support expectations.
According to recently released Census Bureau data, only 43.5 percent of parents with physical custody of their children receive financial support from the other parent. That leaves many parents in Texas and across the nation with serious financial strain, on top of taking care of the bulk of child care duties. For those who are struggling to make ends meet, collecting unpaid child support is a priority.