In addition to current child support, withholding may include:
- medical support (cost of health insurance, CHIP, Medicaid)
- dental support (cost of dental insurance)
- arrearages (past due or “back” child support)
- retroactive child support (support from parents' separation until orders are made by the court).
Usually child support ends when the last child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. If your child has a disability, it might last longer. NOTE: if you owe back child support (arrearages), payments will continue even after the child turns 18, until the debt plus interest is paid in full. Terminating parental rights won’t erase child support arrearages.
To increase or decrease support, you must show a change in circumstances for the child or either party since the entry of the last child support order. For self-help modification forms, click here. You can also ask the Office of Attorney General Child Support Division (OAG) to review the amount of current support if it’s been at least 3 years since the last child support order AND the current amount varies from the Guidelines by 20% or $100.
For court-ordered child support, the law requires payments to pass through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit (SDU) to be recorded before forwarding the payment to the custodial parent. Payments sent to the custodial parent are not automatically credited against the child support obligation, and might even be considered a "gift."
Possibly. Disability payments are subject to child support withholding. The court will use the child support guidelines (above) and subtract (off-set) the amount of benefits paid to or for the child as a result of your disability.