In order to get child support enforced, the parent who doesnt receive the child support payments needs to file a court request. The court will then schedule a hearing where both parties will have the chance to explain their side of the story. If the court believes that the other parent is not financially responsible enough to have custody of the child, they might order that parent to pay for the childs expenses, until that parent gives up custody.If you are not receiving child support payments from your ex-spouse, you can file a court request with the local division of family services. The agency will take care of collecting and paying out any back child support payments. They can also help you with getting your ex-spouse’s name added to the health insurance, if he or she is currently enrolling the child in a public or private school.If you want to get back support payments stopped, or lowered, you need to provide evidence that your ex isnt financially responsible enough to have custody of the child. You can do this by showing that you have more expenses than income, or that you reimburse your childs daycare costs. If you are sure that your ex isnt caring for the child properly, you can also ask for an investigation into his or her parenting skills.
How much do you have to be behind in child support to go to jail in Texas?
Currently, Texas requires a court to order individuals to pay child support, and if they fail to do so, the court can take actions to ensure payment is made. These actions include withholding wages or directing employers to withhold taxes.Withholding wages does not result in incarceration if the non-custodial parent is unemployed for just cause or on authorized leave. However, you can be incarcerated for withholding wages when the non-custodial parent is the defaulting individual who has not paid any child support or when there are other serious issues with their child support payments. The latter case is more likely to occur if a second parent also refuses to pay child support.Even though withholding wages does not result in incarceration, it is still a serious action that can damage a person’s reputation and lead to loss of employment. It also can have a negative impact on their credit rating and ability to obtain loans in the future.Directing employers to withhold taxes and resulting fines is also possible, but this requires the non-custodial parent’s employer to follow through on the order. The withholding of taxes or fines typically comes with their own negative consequences such as company policies regarding late or non-payment of taxes.