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.