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What Happens to Child Support if My Ex Moves to Another State?

When your divorce is final and you have a permanent child support order in place, you can usually relax, knowing that state enforcement officials will help you collect support, should your ex fall behind or stop paying. But what happens if your ex moves out of state? Does the state of Texas have the authority to collect child support payments from a non-resident?

A federal law, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA), governs the enforcement of child support orders across state lines. Under the UIFSA, a party does not need to go to court in another state to enforce a child support order. Instead, the child’s home state has the authority to enter an initial support order and can obtain jurisdiction over a payer in another state.

Under the UIFSA, the court in a child’s home state must register the original support order with the court in the state where the non-custodial parent resides. Once that is done, though, the courts in the non-custodial parent’s state have full legal authority to take a number of actions to recover support, including:

  • Garnishment of wages
  • Suspension of business or professional license
  • Suspension of driving privileges
  • Seizure of property
  • Attachment of any tax refunds

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At the office of Linda Stewart Law, PLLC, in Baytown, we bring more than 8 years of experience to clients in south Texas. To learn how we can help, call our office at 281-420-8020 or contact us online. We offer an initial consultation at a reduced fee of $50. We accept credit cards and will set up a payment plan, if appropriate. Our offices are open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and until noon on Fridays. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

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The Pros and Cons of Divorce Mediation in Texas: Part 1

We want to keep it ‘friendly.’”
We can’t afford to spend a lot of money fighting about the terms.
It doesn’t seem right for a judge to decide.

If you’ve expressed any of those sentiments about your divorce, then divorce mediation may be the preferable alternative to resolve any disputes about your divorce and get the papers signed with minimal conflict. That said, divorce mediation is not the right choice for every divorce—and it will save you headaches and financial resources in the long run if you carefully consider the pros and cons of divorce mediation before making a decision.

This article summarizes some of the advantages of divorce mediation. In a following article, we will discuss the major disadvantages of divorce mediation.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

In divorce mediation, the spouses choose a professional mediator to meet with them—both separately and together—to help resolve any disagreements about the terms of the divorce. The mediator is neutral, meaning that he or she does not represent either spouse’s viewpoint. Instead, the mediator’s job is to use his or her training and experience to help the spouses find acceptable compromises to their disagreements. The mediator’s suggestions are not binding.

It is important to know that many Texas counties require or strongly encourage mediation in some divorce cases, such as when the spouses cannot agree on child custody and visitation arrangements.

The Advantages of Divorce Mediation

  • Divorce mediation proceedings are completely confidential. If you can agree on all the terms of the divorce using mediation, then you present the divorce court judge with a stipulated divorce agreement, and there is no need to air any of your disputes—regarding children or money—in public.
  • Divorce mediation can be less expensive than an adversarial divorce case. If you have one or two specific conflicts, but agree on all other details, a mediator may be able to efficiently find a compromise after listening to each spouse’s concerns.
  • You retain more control over the terms of your divorce. If you end up in front of a divorce court judge with unresolved issues in your divorce, the divorce court judge will make the decisions for you, period, end of story. With divorce mediation, you keep more control over all of the issues in your divorce, including division of property and arrangements for the children.

Stewart Law, PLLC, located in Baytown, Texas, has provided legal counsel to men and women in child custody and visitation cases for 8 years. We work closely with several highly trained divorce mediators in and around Baytown, and can serve as your legal counsel if you choose divorce mediation. For an initial assessment and consultation to determine whether divorce mediation is right for you, contact our family law firm online or call our office at
(281) 420-8020, at a reduced fee of $50.

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