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Child Custody and Support

This is a guide to laws, books, and other resources covering child support and child custody.

Child Support


Child support is one aspect of the parent-child relationship that can be determined in a SAPCR. This page will provide information on the process of obtaining, modifying, and enforcing a child support order through the courts.

Note Child support procedures may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Family Issues page on the Disasters & Emergencies research guide for current information related to COVID-19 and child support.

Texas and Federal Laws

Title 5 of the Texas Family Code pertains to the parent-child relationship in general. Below are a list of some of the chapters within that title that specifically discuss child support.

Federal law also provides mechanisms for enforcing or penalizing delinquent child support. These sections are listed below.

Child Support Explained in "Plain English"

Below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain child support laws in "plain English."

Child Support Enforcement

If the parent ordered to pay child support is not paying, Texas law provides a way to enforce those payments.