Texas Child Support

Texas Child Support Division

Figuring out a child support order in Texas can be challenging, especially if one parent lives out of state. The child support guidelines take into account the needs of the child when determining how much child support should be paid. The court will ultimately decide on a support amount based on a variety of factors, such as the ages of the children and the parent’s earnings.

Child Support in Texas

Parents who are seeking information about the Texas child support laws can apply online or in person at their local child support office. Parents who are already receiving child support services can also access their case information online.

Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General provides services for parents who wish to pay support or obtain a child support order.

The Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Child Support Division works hard to make sure that children receive the financial support they need and deserve from both of their parents. However, the child support office can not determine custody. Custody is decided at the court level.

The child support program is a state and federal partnership. The federal government provides funding to Texas to operate its child support program. In return, the states must meet certain requirements, such as establishing paternity and enforcing child support orders.

Free Services to the Public

The Child Support Division offers services to the public. The services are free of charge, and they are confidential. These services include locating an absent parent and establishing paternity. They will also assist with enforcing child support orders, adjusting child support payments, and collecting and distributing child support payments.

How do I calculate Texas child support?

The amount of child support is based on the needs of the child and the net income of each parent. The court will also look at other things that could affect the decision such as different job earnings or how many children there are, in total.

If you are having difficulty calculating child support in Texas, the easiest way to quickly determine your estimated child support is by using our child support calculator.

Contact the Office of the Attorney General for a wide range of child support services at no cost. The services are required by federal law and funded by the federal government and the State of Texas.

Texas Child Support Order

Texas child support law requires both parents to provide financial support for their child or children. In certain circumstances, the OAG can enforce wage withholding in cases where the non-custodial parent is failing to make on-time support payments or maintain adequate health insurance or dental insurance (if ordered by the court).

Child Support Payment Options

Child support payments can be made online, by phone, in person or by mail via personal check, cashier’s check, or money order. If you have questions about the process to pay child support, or if you need to make a payment, please contact the Office of the Attorney General’s child support office nearest you.

Additional Resources

There are a number of services and resources we can provide for you. Be sure to check out our resources below for more assistance.

Overview

Child support law requires both parents to financially support their children. The Texas Attorney General’s Office provides free child support services to help locate absent parents, establish paternity, enforce child support orders, and review and adjust child support payments. The office also collects and distributes child support payments. Parents can receive these services at no cost.

Child support is based on the non-custodial parent’s ability to pay and the needs of the child. Both parents are required to support their children, even if they are not married or living together. The Texas Attorney General’s Office can help establish paternity, enforce child support orders, review and adjust payments, and collect and distribute payments. These services are provided at no cost to the parents.

Texas Child Support Services Contact Information

Child Support Division, Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12017
Austin, Texas 78711-2017
Office: (800) 252-8014
Fax: (512) 460-6867

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Tribal Administrator
571 State Park Road
Livingston, Texas 77351
Office: (936) 563-1100
Email: stephanie.williams@actribe.org

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