As a parent, your number one priority is raising and taking care of your child. For this reason, most divorced parents with child custody receive child support to help them provide their children with clothes, food, enrichment, and an overall stable lifestyle. That said, if your ex recently went bankrupt, you may wonder whether he or she will continue paying child support. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Montgomery County child support lawyer to learn more.
I collect child support, but my ex went bankrupt. Can they stop paying child support?
The first thing you should understand about bankruptcy in Texas is that there are two primary types of debt: dischargeable debt and non-dischargeable debt. Essentially, dischargeable debt, such as credit card debt may be wiped away after completing the bankruptcy process, while the individual will still have to pay off non-dischargeable debt.
Fortunately, domestic support obligations are typically considered non-dischargeable, which means that even though your ex filed for bankruptcy, he or she will still have to make regular child support payments, and would likely face various penalties if they ceased making these payments.
Under what other circumstances could my ex stop paying child support?
You should know, however, that there are other circumstances that may warrant a reduction in or termination of your child support agreement. For example, if your child is emancipated (either by reaching the age of 18 or by joining the military/getting married at the age of 16 or 17) you may no longer qualify for child support payments. Additionally, if the child passes away or the supporting parent suffers a significant and costly medical crisis, it could warrant termination of the child support agreement.
If you have any further questions about how child support works here in the state of Texas, or you believe your ex is wrongfully holding out on your rightful child support payments, simply pick up the phone and give us a call today. You can depend on a competent Montgomery County family lawyer from our firm to fight for the outcome you and your child deserve and need.
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