Category Archive: Child Support

  • Can I Collect Arrearages for Out-of-State Alimony?

    Posted on July 19, 2021 by Chris Kirker

    Unlike many other states, Texas does not offer divorcees a right to spousal maintenance or alimony. Instead, specific requirements must be met in order for a court to award spousal maintenance, and such awards are for a limited period of time. Despite Texas law’s strictness in ordering spousal support relative to other states, Texas courts wil...

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  • Options When a Parent Has Not Paid Child Support

    Posted on February 1, 2021 by Chris Kirker

    In this post, we examine some of the available enforcement methods for when a parent has failed to make their child support payments.  Texas courts often go to great lengths to ensure that child support orders are fair for all parties involved. However, for a number of reasons, some obligors either refuse to or are unable to pay their chi...

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  • How to Plan for Your Child’s College Education During a Divorce

    Posted on October 12, 2020 by Chris Kirker

    If you are considering or facing a divorce, and you and your spouse have children together, it may seem impossible to think past the next few weeks or plan for the future. It may seem doubly impossible to plan for something as daunting as how to pay for your children’s college education. However, there are steps you can take during a divorce tha...

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  • What happens to my child support order if I get remarried?

    Posted on December 23, 2019 by Chris Kirker

    A new marriage alone is not enough to modify a child support order. However, a remarriage will often lead to circumstances that a court may consider upon the filing of a suit for Modification. One of those circumstances is the birth of a new child. A new child could result in an income deduction, which could in turn modify where you fall within th...

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  • What Does “SAPCR” Mean?

    Posted on June 1, 2018 by Chris Kirker

    A “SAPCR” is a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship. More specifically, this type of lawsuit addresses the rights, duties, and obligations that a parent has with regard to a child. Here are some of the issues that will likely be addressed in a SAPCR:        1. Conservatorship Will the parties be joint managing conservators, o...

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  • Unpaid child support: Texas implements a new approach

    Posted on August 30, 2016 by Chris Kirker

    Texas is the state in the country which collects the most amount of child support: almost $4 billion annually. In spite of this, a lot of Texas parents still owe their children child support. In order to remedy the problem, the state is instituting a new measure to make parents pay what they owe. The state is going to prevent people six months o...

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  • James Kirkland arrested over child support obligations

    Posted on August 26, 2016 by Chris Kirker

    32-year-old professional boxer and former WBO-NABO super welterweight champion James Kirkland was arrested in Austin on Monday, August 8. His charges come in connection to a child support case, an article of TMZ reported. The Travis County Sheriff's Department booked Kirkland for contempt of court for non-payment of child support. Though the art...

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