You are probably wondering how the process of obtaining a child support, child custody or child visitation court order works. For instance, with regard to child support, a typical situation would be where both parents cannot agree on how much child support they should pay and sometimes they are unable to decide which party will be the financially responsible party.
The parties will seek the court’s help through their family law attorneys who will file legal documents asking the court to make a determination. Depending upon the financial situation of the parties, the court may order either or both parents to pay child support as determined by the court order. The court will review each party’s income, financial records and assets to determine the appropriate amounts based upon certain calculated formulas, rules and guidelines.
Under the Texas Family Code child support laws, typically court ordered child support remains in effect (1) until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school, whichever occurs later; (2) becomes emancipated through marriage or by other emancipation legal proceedings or by other operation of law, or (3) upon the death of the child. If a child is disabled, child support could remain in effect for an indefinite period. There are other circumstances that may affect court ordered child support such as guardianships and conservatorships.
Court orders may also be modified past the age of 18 with regard to circumstances pertaining to continuing education such as college or trade schools.