What rights do Minors with children have in regards to child support?
It is no longer uncommon in Texas for a minor to be the parent of a child.
Minors in Texas are not viewed as adults when it comes to civil issues.
Even though a minor has a child of their own, they are not viewed as adults
under Texas law.
For this reason they will need an adult representative to act on their
behalf. This representative is called a Next Friend. The job of the Next
Friend is to represent the minor parent in all legal matters, including
establishing and collection or payment of
What is a next friend?
Often times the Next Friend is one of the parents of the minor parent.
Parents have the right to represent their child in legal actions and to
make other decisions of substantial legal significance concerning their
child. Tex. Fam. Code §151.001(a)(7). However, it can be any adult
or legal guardian that the court approves. The court can also appoint
a guardian ad litem or an attorney ad litem to represent a minor parent
if a suitable next friend is not available. A next friend, guardian, or
attorney is responsible for making sure that the minor parent understands
the legal decisions that are being on their behalf made during a child
support court process.
A Teen Parent can be held responsible to care for a child
Minor parents are subject to the same financial responsibilities as adults.
Even though they are a minor parent they will still be responsible for
the payment of
If the child of the minor parent is being raised in a foster home or by
relative or grandparent both minor parents will be required topay child support.
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