When is child support due in Texas?

This is another follow up post to one that I have previously discussed.  You can read that post here.

There was an excellent comment to this post which raises a legitimate questions about why there is a grace period in the payment of child support.  The comment reads:

“The information is good, wish a judges would tell that when you get your custody paperwork….my only question is why, if it is due on the 1st, do they allow a 30 day grace period? This should be considered like any other bill, and if I pay something late, I get charged a late fee, there is no grace period. The courts need to understand that many parents paying support (like my ex) use this as an excuse not to pay when they’re suppose to.”

The reason for the grace period is that the bulk of child support payments are paid through payroll deduction.  Unless your employer pays you once a month, on the first, it is impossible for them to pay it all up front.  Typically people are paid bi-weekly (every other Friday) or semi-monthly (1st and 15th or 15th and 30th).

You can see that if your employer is paying you every other Friday or 15th and 30th, that the payments made later in the month would put you in violation if it had to be paid on the 1st.  Obviously this would not work, and therefore there is a grace period.

Hope this helps with understanding deadlines for Child Support payments in Texas.

One Response to When is child support due in Texas?

  1. Goddessoflubbock February 17, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    It isn’t due on the first. It’s BILLED on the first. My electric is billed on the 21st. It’s not DUE until the 10th of the next month.

    Child support is DUE by the last day of the month. Any part left unpaid accrues interest and is reported to the credit bureaus.

    This means a person paying by typical bi-weekly withholding is reported 10 months a year as in arrears.

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