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Domestic violence and spousal or domestic partner supportIn deciding spousal or domestic partner support, the judge must consider documented evidence of any history of domestic violence between the parties.

When the spouse or domestic partner who would pay support is the person who carried out the abuse, the judge will consider any emotional distress resulting from the violence suffered by the spouse or partner to be supported.

The judge will also consider any history of violence at the hands of the spouse or domestic partner to be supported toward the person who would pay support. And there is a rebuttable presumption against awarding spousal or domestic partner support to a person with a criminal conviction for domestic violence against the other spouse or domestic partner.

If you owe back spousal or domestic partner support, your court order, or wage assignment (withholding) if there is one, may include an amount greater than the amount of spousal or domestic partner support. This amount goes toward paying off your arrearage, and is often called a “settlement amount.” But even if you are making your late payments in installments, interest is still added to your balance.

Rent Assistance for Undocumented Immigrants

If you apply for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, a new law went into effect March 1, 2013, which requires you to receive your payments electronically. If you did not sign up for electronic payments when you applied for benefits, we encourage you to sign up now. If you continue to receive checks, the U.S. Department of the Treasury will contact you about complying with the requirement. To learn more about changing your electronic payment, visit the Direct to Treasury website or call 1-800-333-1795.

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Treasury may grant exceptions in exceptional circumstances. To learn more or to request an exception, call the Treasury Department at 1-855-290-1545. You can also print and fill out the exception form* and mail it to the address on the form.

If you receive benefits, you can create a my Social Security account* and start or change direct deposit online. You can also sign up at your bank, credit union, or savings and loan.

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Credit card: When you use a credit card, you are borrowing money to buy something now. You pay that money back to the bank later, usually with interest. You can avoid paying interest if you pay your bill in full before the payment due date. For cash advances and balance transfers, most credit card issuers charge interest on the spot. Each of the terms and conditions tell you how interest is applied to that card.

When comparing credit cards, look at the annual percentage rate, also called the annual percentage effective rate or APR, which stands for Annual Percentage Rate. That’s the interest rate you’ll pay on unpaid credit card balances. The higher the APR, the more you will pay. Know that you can shop around and that each card issuer may have more than one card with more than one rate available. Most cards set a limit on the amount you can borrow each month. Most credit cards also have an annual fee and give you certain protections set by law. For example, if someone uses your card without your permission, the amount of your losses is limited to $50.

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How much child support is paid in Texas

If the custodial parent has a good reason for missing an appointment, he/she should tell the DHS worker or the DCSS Regional Office before the appointment or as soon as possible. If the custodial parent does this, benefits will not change.

When health care coverage is ordered through employment, the National Medical Assistance Notice (HFS 3554) is sent to the non-custodial parent’s employer (NCP). The custodial parent (CP) will receive a copy of the notice when it is sent to the employer. The employer’s insurance plan administrator will send the insurance plan information to the CP and the Department.

Pass-through payments do not change the amount of TANF cash assistance the custodial parent receives, but are counted in determining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

A custodial parent who is interested in Optional Designation should talk to his or her DHS caseworker for further explanation and help in calculating the amount of money he or she may receive under this option.

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