It’s almost summer and that means summer visitation for many parents. It’s  important for a child to have time with each parent. Studies show a child that has both parents involved is typically happier and healthier. It’s not always possible due to any past abuse or other issues.  Not all parents want to be involved. Use the opportunity for the child to have this relationship if the absent parent shows interest.   Here is the Texas standard visitation





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Dear Dad,

Thank you for all the weekends I did not see you.

Thank you for allowing me to go to school without lunch most days.

Thank you for leaving me alone during visitation nights.

Thank you for never calling.

Thank you for allowing me to be in a bad situation and doing nothing about it.

Thank you for not paying child support.

Thank you for all the times you took me fishing.

Thank you for taking me to AstroWorld ( A Houston thing)

Thank you for coming to my graduation.

Thank you for showing me what kind of parent to be. I’m never mad. You made me a stronger person. I had to be. Thank you dad.  – Shannon

( I’ve been asked several times at work to write a  Dead Dad letter. I’m the Director at Child Support Specialists. I’m normally a private person, but I’ve agreed today.  This is why I do what I do. )




You’re now receiving child support finally, but the amount is not covering the cost of living.  You decide to make a call to your caseworker and she informs you that you are receiving what you are entitled to receive. Why?

Some parents believe child support should cover some or all the bills. Child support is not determined by how much you believe you need or want. The law has already determined the amount you should receive. Support is set by how many children you have and the net pay from the absent parent. Also, if he or she has other children before you.

The more money the absent parent makes means the more support for your child. It’s important to understand that if the absent parent makes minimum wage then you will not receive much in support. Pick wisely.








It’s that time again when child support is even more important. Some things to know about child support during the holidays to help you better prepare.

  • Payments may be late during the holidays.
  • Payments that arrive are still being processed each day but we will have more bank and mail holidays.
  •  The absent parent may miss work for vacation or the holidays.
  • The employer may miss days and not send out the payment until they return.

We suggest you try to plan for any issues. This is not always easy because you still have your normal expenses.  Don’t panic if your payment is late. Missed payments almost  always makes up after the New Year.

This is one of the busiest times of year for all child support agencies as custodial parents may be checking on payments more or calling to file for support. You may want to wait for case updates until a later date. Child Support Agencies get many calls right before Christmas with people filing for support in hopes to get in time. The best time to file is NOW to receive support by Christmas. You may file with us on the link below.


I can still remember not having any presents under the tree one Christmas when I was little. CSS will do everything possible to make sure that does not happen to you.  Our yearly Christmas contest will be posted on FB soon.


The obligation to provide child support does not usually cease when a parent becomes disabled. However, it’s much harder to collect support and payments normally become sporadic. Below are some things to be aware of.

  • SSI disability payments are made to people who have a very low income. These payments cannot be garnished for child support.
  • SSDI  CAN be garnished to fulfill child support obligations.


Disabled parents can seek a modification of child support. The court will evaluate the nature of the disability and determine support.  Always check with your state for laws in your area.


Every few years, the U.S. Census Bureau releases a report titled Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support.  Here is some information from 2016.

  • 32.9 billion dollars in child support was owed during the year 2013.
  • The average child support is $500.00 a month.
  • Only 68.5 % of that money was received.
  • 25.9 % received none of the child support money due.
  • 31.4 % of single fathers were awarded child support during the same


Parents can still be held liable for child support when in jail. Child Support can look for  any assets. However, it is normal for a custodial parent to not receive child support while the non-custodial parent is in jail or prison. Here is why:


An incarcerated parent who owes child support can ask the court to do one of the following:


  • Suspend child support orders during incarceration
  • Reduce child support orders during incarceration

It will then be up to a judge to decide. It will still be almost impossible to receive support if the absent parent is in prison because he or she has no income. Most agencies will not pursue support until he is out of prison. Always make sure you check with your state on this topic.