Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Family | 0 comments

Divorce will never end a non-custodial parent’s obligation to support his/her children, except, of course, those that have reached the age of emancipation, unless support is determined by the court as still necessary.

Child support is a major concern that divorcing couples will have to settle. If the spouses concerned fail to arrive at a mutual agreement, it will then be the court which will have to determine the amount of support that will need to be paid by the obligor or non-custodial parent. Being a legal matter, whatever decision to be arrived, whether through mutual agreement or court settlement, the spouses concerned will have to observe it or suffer contempt of court and face legal punishments, such as fines and imprisonment. The obligor or even the obligee, custodial parent, can request the court to make changes in the amount of support if the obligor’s financial circumstances have changed.

One common issue that has arisen during the past years regarding obligors is their sudden disappearance in an attempt to escape their responsibility. Obligors need to know that the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA) was passed in 1992 for the purpose of determining the whereabouts of missing obligors, such as those who have fled to other states to escape child support payment. It is also necessary for obligors to know that, based on the rules observed by U.S. Passports & International Travel of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, anyone owing at least $2,500 in child support will not be allowed to acquire a U.S. passport until he/she has fully paid the amount.

One of the major reasons why courts allow modifications in support agreements is to save the obligor from the burden of paying a support amount which he/she can no longer afford due to changes in his/her financial situation. Such changes may be due to a sudden and/or unexpected medical condition, loss of job, and so forth. But whether the issue is modification of the support agreed upon or enforcement of the support agreement, it is always best to be recommended by a The Woodlands child support lawyer, who can help you deal with whatever legal need that you have to address.

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