Have you been laid off, furloughed, or lost your job because of the COVID-19 panic? Your child support obligation doesn’t pause just because you can’t work. You need a plan for your child support obligation.
What are the top three things to know to save you time, money, and stress? Find out how to take control of your child support before it controls you. Discover the three key facts you need to know right now:
1. Why you need to file a case to fix your child support NOW!
2. When does the child support change take effect?
3. Will there be “forgiveness” for child support during this time?
Child support is a DUTY, not a debt. Child support arrears cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.
Failure to pay court ordered child support can lead to jail time. Child support obligation is the closest thing we had to debtor's prisons.
A single missed payment is technically all that is required for the court to find contempt. Missing several payments shows the Court a pattern of willful refusal to pay support.
The Child Support Division of the Texas Attorney General's office will file suit for owed child support at no cost to the obligee parent.
Interest accrues on back owed support at 6%. As of now, there is no plan to reduce or eliminate the interest on child support arrears.
If you lose your job, but don't raise the flag in court, the court will presume you intend to pay the full amount of child support you owe.