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In most cases, child support terminates when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes last. However, there is one exception to that rule, and that is if the child is disabled. If a child is disabled and unable to care for him or herself, the Texas courts may order indefinite child support be paid to the primary parent. This is the only time that a Texas court can order a parent to continue making payments beyond the age of emancipation. If your child has a disability that prevents him or her from being able to care for him or herself, reach out to the Dallas child support attorneys at Clark Law Group for help modifying your child support order.

Proving Disability is Key

A person may receive or be ordered to pay child support after a child turns 18 if the disability either manifested itself or was known to exist prior to them reaching the age of 18. The disability can either be physical or mental. It is not necessary for the child to be institutionalized or hospitalized to have child support extended indefinitely.

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The Dallas courts take child support seriously, as it is payment used to help fund the child's needs and other expenses, including but not limited to clothing, food, shelter, entertainment, schooling, and extracurricular activities. When court-ordered payments are not being made, it can be frustrating to the custodial parent, if not more than a little worrisome. After all, that parent is surviving off a single income and must raise a child (or multiple) on that income alone.

If you are the custodial parent, and if your child's other parent has not and/or refuses to make child support payments, reach out the Dallas child support enforcement attorneys of Clark Law Group. We will advise you on the best course of action to take to recover payments owed to you.

Child Support Enforcement Tactics

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In determining child support, one of the main factors that the judge looks at is each party's income. Their income is then combined for the purpose of comparing it to the child support guidelines.

However, in most states, if the parents' total combined income exceeds $150,000, there are no guidelines for the judge to follow. It is at this point that the court must determine what amount of child support is in the best interests of the minor children.

As you can imagine, this can cause additional conflict during an already contentious point during the divorce proceedings. Fortunately, Texas law is not so arbitrary and there is a cap for how much a person's resources can be used when calculating child support in high-income cases in Texas.

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A child's college education is a big expense, one that many families spend the child's entire life planning and saving for. So when a couple separates, and when all of their assets are divided-including their bank accounts-funding a higher education is suddenly that much more complicated. Whether you and your spouse decide to divorce when your children are on the brink of leaving home, or whether you make the decision when they are still young, including a provision regarding college expenses is one of the wisest things you can do during your divorce.

At the Clark Law Group, our Dallas child support attorneys advise our clients to think of every possible child-rearing expense prior to the judge handing down a final child support order. By doing so, they can save themselves a world of headache in the future as the child grows and requires more resources to support.

The Language of the Order Determines Everything

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In all 50 states, the failure for an individual to follow support orders can result in large fines and jail time. However, before it comes to that, the individual will be given the chance to pay off the past-due balance by involuntary means, like wage garnishment and withholdings. The state's child support office will contact the individual's employer and set up a predetermined amount to be taken from each paycheck. If you are not receiving the support payments owed to you, and if you are struggling to make ends meet as a result, contact the Dallas Clark Law Group speak with a wage garnishment, withholdings, and arrearages attorney right away. Clark Law Group and their staff are experienced in handling cases involving support enforcement and can ensure that you are not denied the support owed to you for another day.

Income Withholding and Wage Garnishment Representation

At the Clark Law Group, we understand just how important child support or spousal support is to the recipient. It is difficult to support yourself and your family on a single income, so when you do not receive your monthly support payment, it could mean the difference between making rent and falling into debt. If your child's other parent or former spouse has been failing to make their support payments, it is imperative that you reach out to our Dallas support attorneys regarding the legal remedies available to you.

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