Some Texas fathers might struggle to pay child support or get child custody. Courts still may favor mothers as main caregivers, and more than four-fifths of custodial parents are mothers. However, there are steps fathers can take if they are having issues with support or custody.
Fathers who cannot pay the full child support amount should at least try to pay some part of it. This shows that the father is making an effort and may reduce the likelihood of more severe punishments for failure to pay child support such as jail. Both parents are expected to support the child, but the court also recognizes that there might be situations such as job loss that can lead to an inability to pay the original amount. The father might want to consider getting an attorney and asking for a child support modification. A modification will not change the fact that the father still owes money for any missed payments, but it can reduce future payments.