Despite whatever feelings divorcing parents in San Antonio may have towards each other, one aspect of their divorce proceedings that both may agree upon is the need for child support. Custodial parents (called the “managing conservator” in Texas) may realize that supporting themselves and their children without the added income of their spouse may be difficult (if not impossible). Non-custodial parents (“possessory conservators”) may likely still want to contribute to ensure that their kids’ every need is seen to. Indeed, information shared by the Congressional Research Service shows that as recently as 2013, $22.5 billion was paid in child support in the U.S.
Oftentimes, parents obliged to pay child support may only encounter issues in meeting that responsibility due to the payment structure that they have been ordered to follow. Texas law actually allows for various child support payment methods, each of which parents should understand in order to make meeting one’s obligation as easy as possible. Those different payment methods include:
- Periodic payments: Periodic payments made weekly or monthly are the most common payment structure due to how easy such an arrangement is to track and manage.
- Lump sum payments: An obliged parent may also choose to make his or her payment in a single lump sum, leaving the obligee to manage those funds throughout the duration of the arrangement.
- Annuity payments: Parties can elect to have child support paid through a fixed sum of money each year dispersed through an established annuity.
As is the case with other aspects of child support, one following a certain payment model can petition to change to another if doing so will make it easier to meet his or her obligation. One case also choose to pay his or her child support through a combination of the three aforementioned methods.