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Family Law Issues During COVID-19

This article was written by TexasLawHelp. It was last updated August 5, 2020. 

 

Child Support and COVID-19

This article provides information on how job loss during the COVID-19 crisis affects your obligation to pay child support. According to the Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division, "Even if you are having trouble making your full payment, it is important to pay as much as you can toward your obligation every month."

This toolkit tells you how to change (modify) an existing custody, visitation, child support, and medical and support order. The necessary forms are included. 

If you had a child support negotiation scheduled, it is possible that it will now be held by telephone or videoconference. The web site of the Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division says, "For customers who had in office negotiation or court hearing scheduled we will be contacting you soon to schedule a virtual negotiation." If you log on to your child support account, there should be a link where you can request a virtual negotiation. Visit Child Support and COVID-19 to learn more. You can also chat with Office of the Attorney General Child Support Division customer support service specialists if you log on to your child support account and click the chat icon for help. 

Talk to a lawyer about how the federal CARES Act may apply to your child support situation with regards child support arrears and the tax rebate check for which some households are eligible. 

If you are on the Treasury Offset list for owing child support arrears or if your child support payments are more than 90 days delinquent your check will probably be reduced by the amount you owe in child support. You should contact the Texas Attorney General Child Support Division in order to work out arrangements to resolve your debt. To find out if your name is on the Treasury Offset list call the toll-free IRS number at (800) 304-3107.

 

CPS Issues and COVID-19

The Texas Children's Commission has compiled information about resources related to CPS cases. Review them here. Also look at TexasLawHelp's child protection information.

The Department of Family and Protective Services published While Your Child is in DFPS Care During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: A Guide for Parents.

 

Family Violence and COVID-19

See Family Violence and COVID-19. If you need help finding a shelter or other services, you can use TexasLawHelp's Domestic Violence. Free Legal Help for Victims and Survivors page. 

This COVID-19 Family Violence Safety Planning Checklist can help you plan to leave a dangerous situation. 

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas has created a video answering some frequently asked questions about family violence in the time of COVID-19.

 

 

COVID-19 Family Law FAQs - Lone Star Legal Aid video

Coronavirus, Family Law, and School

See Coronavirus, Family Law, and School to learn how the COVID-19 crisis affects your child's education. 

 

COVID-19 Family Violence FAQs - LANWT video

This video by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, at COVID-19 Family Violence FAQs - Legal Aid of Northwest Texas video, covers topics such as:

  • What should I do if I want to leave an abusive situation right now?
  • What is a protective order?
  • Are there different types of protective orders?
  • Are courts open now for getting protective orders?
  • May I still file a protective order on my own during the pandemic if my court is closed to the public?
  • What if I have children with my abuser?
  • What about other types of cases besides protective orders? Are courts still hearing divorce and custody cases?

 

Co-Parenting During COVID-19 - LANWT video