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What happens if I don't pay child support?


Child support is a hotly contested issue in numerous divorces involving children. Child Support dictates how much money a non-custodial parent is required to pay in order to provide financial assistance to the child and the custodial parent who is raising the child. While many factors go into determining a child support amount that is fair to both parties, it's sometimes the case that neither party is happy with the child support section of their divorce decree. After all, money does strange things to people!

In too many cases, the parent receiving child support thinks it's not enough, and the parent paying child support think it's too much. Some people who believe that they are paying too much for child support may decide to take matters into their own hands, and simply refuse to pay.

While you may not feel as though you are doing something wrong by not paying child support, you have to remember that your child is depending on that money to maintain the standard of living to which he or she has become accustomed. It is for this reason that the law takes failure to pay child support very seriously. In Texas, some non-custodial parents have been arrested for failing to meet their child support obligations; the Office of the Attorney General even maintains a page on its website featuring mug shots of those people and the amounts they owed.

Clearly, you don't want to be on that website. Keeping up with child support payments starts with a fair, reasonable child support obligation you can meet. A Law Office of Lisa Vance attorney can help you evaluate your legal standing when it comes to the issues of child support while you are getting a divorce. Our team can help go over your rights and options, address your concerns, and work with you to develop the best plan to handle your divorce and child support matter that benefits not only you but your children as well.

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