Thank you. In that case, nothing changes. Unless the child actually goes to live with the other parent, the child support must be paid as is.
Texas allows a child to state preference, but this will not necessarily change the custody by itself. The child's preference is taken into consideration but is NOT the deciding factor. Judges know that often, children will want to live with the adult that allows them the most freedom but is not necessarily the best custodian, so while the children's preference is noted, it does not define the judgment for custody.
The Court still decides on custody based on the rule of thumb of "best interest of the child
." This includes, but is not limited to, general stability of the parent, financial stability, indoctrination of the child in the current school and environment, household condition and living condition of the child, other persons living in the house, etc.
Note: If she lives with the other parent for one or more months unofficially, then they can get that month waived off child support.
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