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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 basics of child support.

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.

Understanding the Basics

"Child support" is payments made by one or both parents to financially support the child's expenses. It may also involve medical or dental insurance.

Texas Law

Understanding the Law

When Does Child Support End?

Texas law provides several circumstances where court-ordered child support shall end, including when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. The links below discuss how and when a child support obligation ends.

Texas Law 

Forms

Child Support for Survivors of Family Violence

For survivors of family violence, getting child support from an abusive ex-partner can be dangerous. The Child Support Division of the Attorney General and the Texas Council on Family Violence have resources available to help.