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Child support amended for exceptionally talented girl

Monday, July 16, 2018

Parents in Texas and beyond often swell with pride when others recognize their exceptional children. Recently, a judge in another state met a 13-year-old aspiring actress and was captivated by her poise and charm. He interviewed the girl as part of a child support hearing, and the interview helped him arrive at a surprising decision. In fact, his subsequent ruling changed the parents' child support orders, which had been in place for seven years.

The girl impressed the judge with her dedication to her goal of performing on a Broadway stage. She has already starred in a school performance and is actively seeking a role in a community theater production. Her desire is to spend the summer rehearsing and taking lessons, and those lessons cost money -- money that is not included in the payments of $113 her father makes each month.

Although the combined salaries of the father and mother do not equal $60,000, the judge ruled that each parent must contribute $250 a year to further their daughter's dream of performing. The judge's opinion is that the girl's interest in theater goes beyond that of a hobby. He believes financial support is only the beginning, and that such dedication in a child so young should be praised and encouraged.

Despite his enthusiastic approval of the girl's ambition, the judge cautioned that parents should not be viewed merely as bank accounts. Changes in child support should be considered for individual situations and for children who show exceptional talent. Parents in Texas looking to amend their child support orders would do well to discuss their situations with an attorney who can advise them on the best way to proceed.

Source: New York Post, "Your gifted kid is going to cost you more in child support", Julia Marsh, Nov. 3, 2016

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