Legal Information: Texas

Texas Child Support

Child Support

The judge may require one or both parents to provide child support until:

  • the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later;
  • the child is emancipated (released from custodial care); or
  • the death of the child.

If the child is disabled, child support payments could last for an indefinite period of time.*

Parents will also be required to pay medical support for their children.**

For information on how Texas calculates child support see Texas Family Law Information. For additional information about child support in Texas, you can go to Get Child Support Safely. ( has no relationship with these websites. We provide the links for your information only.)

For information on spousal support (maintenance), see Can I get support for myself and my children? in our Divorce section.

* Tex. Fam. Code § 154.001
** Tex. Fam. Code § 154.008