Child Support Information for Fathers
Most fathers think of child support as a welfare payment to a parent. It is important to understand child support information and how it impacts fathers. Firstly, the receiving parent is the one with primary custody of the child. Secondly, the paying parent is the non-custodial parent. The primary factor used to determine support is the non-custodial parent's income. For instance, the possession time of the non-custodial parent does not always impact the amount paid.
Purpose of Child Support
Spending child support is not the determination of the father. In other words, fathers want all child support used to buy things for their children. However, the payer does not get to decide. For instance, when a child's basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and education are met the custodial parent has total discretion over spending the support.
Can Fathers Receive Child Support?
It is not just for mothers. Frequently, the biggest barrier to a father receiving child support is merely a misconception that they can't. What's more, The Fathers Rights Initiative program helps fathers exercise their rights to receive, reduce, or eliminate child support arrearage.
By law, either parent can receive child support. Often, nonbiological caregivers get child support. In addition, Fathers believe only mothers get it, and fathers must always be the payer - that is not true.
Office of the Attorney General
In Texas, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) establishes and collects child support. The OAG provides an online child support calculator to help determine the amount. Many people don't understand what the law provides. Increasing or decreasing support takes into account many factors.
Remember that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) does not represent either party in a child support action. They are there to ensure that the child gets the needed resources.
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