Texas Family Code 154.001- Child Support

CHAPTER 154. CHILD SUPPORT

SUBCHAPTER A. COURT-ORDERED CHILD SUPPORT

Sec. 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:

(A)  the child’s adoption;

(B)  the child’s 18th birthday or graduation from  high school, whichever occurs later;

(C)  removal of the child’s disabilities of minority by court order, marriage, or other operation of law; or

(D)  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.