Texas Family Code
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, a child for a reason described by Section 161.001(b)(1)(T)(iv) or (b)(1)(U), or a child who was conceived as a direct result of conduct that constitutes an offense under Section 21.02, 22.011, 22.021, or 25.02, Penal Code, to support the child in the manner specified by the order:

(1)

until the earliest of:

(A)

the childs adoption;

(B)

the childs 18th birthday or graduation from high school, whichever occurs later;

(C)

removal of the childs disabilities of minority by court order, marriage, or other operation of law; or

(D)

the childs 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.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995. Amended by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 751, Sec. 39, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 556, Sec. 8, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 268 (S.B. 6), Sec. 1.08(a), eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 907 (H.B. 1228), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 40 (S.B. 77), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2017.
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