How to File for Child Support in Texas Easily
It is expensive to raise children. Unfortunately, thousands of children in Texas are not obtaining the quality of care they need because one of their parents is not paying child support to assist in covering expenses such as medical and dental care, clothing, educational and daycare expenses, and more. If your ex-partner owes back child support in Texas, they face a number of consequences, including wage garnishment, liens filed against their property, a suspension of their driver's license, or even jail time as failing to pay child support is a federal crime. DoNotPay's Child Support product helps you learn how to file for child support in Texas and easily file an official demand letter with the other payment. Additionally, if you are the parent who owes back child support, you can also use DoNotPay to request a modification of the order in order to reduce how much you have to pay.
About Child Support in Texas
In Texas, the age of majority is 18. This means that parents who are ordered to pay child support must do so until the child reaches the age of majority. However, if the child has special needs that prevent them from working or living independently as an adult, the support order can be extended into adulthood. The state allows interest to be collected on back child support payments and there is no statute of limitations, which means that if arrears are owed, the state can pursue the collection of child support arrears until they are paid.
How Is Child Support Determined in Texas?
Texas has a fairly straightforward method of determining child support in most cases, in which a portion of the parent's income is expected to pay for the expenses of raising a child.
|One child||20 percent of parent’s income|
|Two children||25 percent of parent’s income|
|Three Children||30 percent of parent’s income|
How to Seek Child Support in Texas
In order to seek child support in Texas, you must apply for it through the state Attorney General's Office. You can make your application online, but you need the following information about yourself and the other parent:
- Social security number
- Driver's license number
- Phone number
- Employment history
- Alternative contact information
- Attorney information, if one is representing you
You can also file for child support by filling out a physical application. To request an application by mail, call 800-252-8014.
How to Modify an Existing Texas Child Support Order
If you are a parent who owes back child support, you should know that non-payment of child support is a federal crime, carrying stiff consequences including up to 2 years in prison. In order to request a modification of child support, you must meet two conditions:
- The support was ordered more than 3 years ago and your order is at least 20 percent more than what would be ordered if your obligation was set today.
- A material and substantial change in your income have occurred since child support was set.
In order to modify an existing Texas child support order on your own, you must either engage in an in-office negotiation or request a court hearing.
How to File for Child Support or Modify Your Support Order Easily Through DoNotPay
In just a few simple steps through DoNotPay, you can send a demand letter to the non-paying parent or request a modification of an existing child support order.
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
And that's it. DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within 2 weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court.
Request a Review of Your Child Support Order to Reduce Your Payments
- Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
- Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
- Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf.
What Else Does DoNotPay Do?
DoNotPay can help parents in Texas with child support matters. However, that is not even close to the only service we provide. We can assist you in making easy work of many of life's time-consuming tasks. Learn more about some of the other services we provide by visiting the following pages:
- Small claims court
- Help with bills
- Financial aid appeal letters
- Defamation demand letters
- Divorce settlement agreement
- Standardized legal documents
- Homeschool letter of intent
- Insurance claims
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