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Subject:  Re: Poll: Should Child Support Be Used For Court Date:  2/24/2011  10:13 AM
Author:  legalwordwarrior Number:  301162 of 312697

In fact they would write larger checks then the court ordered and it wouldn't need to come out of paychecks and be handled by the payroll company and court system, because every non-custodial parent would happily and voluntarily pay.

LareAmber, I'd just like to point out that in TX, at least, you are required to pay child support through payroll deduction if the child custody agreement is put into place by the courts. It's actually a protection for both parents in regards to child support. It proves that the required amount has been paid. If the non-custodial parent wishes to pay for additional activities, they can, but anything they pay outside of the order is considered a "gift" and doesn't count towards the required child support amount.

We had a friend who had a baby with his girlfriend a couple of years ago. They lived together for a time after the baby was born. While they lived together, they were a family. Costs were shared, including the costs of raising their child. However, about 6 months after they split up, she went to the AGs office and demanded child support (he had been giving her money for their child, she didn't think the amount was enough). The AG saw that there was no record of how much the dad had paid, and ordered retro support back to the day the child was born. Now he's paying both current and back support.

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