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Making child support agreements outside of court

One way that child custody agreements can be decided upon is in court. However, some Texas parents opt to decide on child support using a more informal process. There are two main ways that child support agreements can be reached, including using alternative dispute resolutions and informal settlement negotiations.

Recovering child support in state or federal court

Some parents in Texas who are divorced or separated from the other parent of their child may be paid child support. However, in some cases, the other parent may not make those payments regularly. When this happens, the recipient parent might be able to go to state or federal court to compel the parent to pay support.

Research examines abuse, alienation in custody disputes

Fathers in Texas may still get custody of their children even if the mothers of their children accuse them of abuse. Among the mothers in a study conducted by a professor at George Washington University Law School who were accused of parental alienation and who also said their child was being abused, none had their abuse claims substantiated in court if the father's claim of parental alienation was substantiated.

Myths about non-custodial parents

In Texas and other states, there are many myths about what it means to be a non-custodial parent. All it really means is that the person does not have physical custody of their children. They may be a legal custodian of their child, but for one reason or another, they are not the primary caregiver. Non-custodial parents usually have visitation rights, pay child support and participate in their children's lives regularly.

Why child support isn't extortion

Parents in Texas who are divorced must generally help provide for their children financially. This is true regardless of the relationship that they have with the child's other parent. While some feel that paying child support is akin to paying a ransom, the goal is to make sure that the child has sufficient resources to grow into a productive adult. There are many misconceptions about the system that could be fueling someone's beliefs about paying child support.

Parents can help kids get through divorce

When parents in Texas decide to divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Of course, many people know that children can suffer when their parents separate, but by being conscious of how they interact with each other and the kids, parents can help to mitigate these effects. Experts note that marriages that are full of conflict, infidelity, contempt or abuse can be particularly dangerous to children's well-being and can teach damaging messages about relationships for the future.

The termination of child support comes with unique challenges

Texas parents who find that divorce is the best option are often faced with many questions regarding child support. In virtually all cases, one parent will end up being required to provide some amount of financial support for minor children. However, this typically depends on factors like the balance of custody, visitation rights, wages and the amount of financial means needed to provide for the best interests of the kids.

Joint custody produces improved outcomes for kids

For many years, Texas fathers may have had good reason to be concerned that going through with their divorce would leave them estranged from their children. After all, one of the most important aspects to building a positive parent-child relationship is active presence and involvement, which can be difficult to do when parents only see their children a few times every month. In the past, many experts advised that mothers retain sole custody, especially for infants and toddlers, and even said that overnight parenting time with their fathers could be harmful. However, joint custody is now a preferred choice for family courts and child development experts across the country.

Parental alienation claims may cover for abuse

When couples in Texas decide to divorce or separate, it's almost always better if they are able to work together to reach a fair agreement on parenting issues, including child custody and support. However, in some cases, parents' vindictive behavior towards one another could cause severe emotional harm to the children involved. In other instances, abusive former spouses may attempt to manipulate the situation to perpetuate further abuse even after the divorce is finalized. Indeed, abuse may be a factor when divorcing parents are unable to reach an agreement to divide parenting time.

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