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TEXAS CODE FAMILY CODE

CHAPTER 154. CHILD SUPPORT


SUBCHAPTER A. COURT-ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT


§ 154.001. SUPPORT OF CHILD.


(a) The court may order either or both parents to support a child in the manner specified by the order:

  1. until the child is 18 years of age or until graduation from high school, whichever occurs later;
  2. until the child is emancipated through marriage, through removal of the disabilities of minority by court order, or by other operation of law;
  3. until the death of the child; or
  4. if the child is disabled as defined in this chapter, for an indefinite period.

(a-1) The court may order each person who is financially able and whose parental rights have been terminated with respect to a child in substitute care for whom the department has been appointed managing conservator to support the child in the manner specified by the order:

  1. until the earliest of:
    1. the child's adoption;
    2. the child's 18th birthday or graduation from high school, whichever occurs later;
    3. removal of the child's disabilities of minority by court order, marriage, or other operation of law; or
    4. the child's death; or
  2. if the child is disabled as defined in this chapter, for an indefinite period.

(b) The court may order either or both parents to make periodic payments for the support of a child in a proceeding in which the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services is named temporary managing conservator. In a proceeding in which the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services is named permanent managing conservator of a child whose parents' rights have not been terminated, the court shall order each parent that is financially able to make periodic payments for the support of the child.

(c) In a Title IV-D case, if neither parent has physical possession or conservatorship of the child, the court may render an order providing that a nonparent or agency having physical possession may receive, hold, or disburse child support payments for the benefit of the child.

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, § 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 751, § 39, eff. Sept. 1, 1995;
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 556, § 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 268, § 1.08(a), eff. September 1, 2005.

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