Hi. I thank you for choosing Justanswer for your legal question(s). My role as expert is to provide you with utmost service through providing legal information that is honest and truthful (and not overly rosy in nature). Notably, I do not provide advice.Unless she has emancipated, the obligation to support your child continues until she turns 18, or the age of the majority. While you have no obligation to support your grandchild(ren), your obligation does continue while she is 17 UNLESS emancipated.
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It just occurred to me, that I paid for a high level of detail in your response. Is what you gave me meet that? Seems rather basic.
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What happens if I don't "provide" for her?
The support requirement is spelled out in Chapter 154.001. If you don't provide support, she (or child services) can sue to collect what is due.
For your reference(s), this is a link to the relevant statute: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.154.htm
And, parents cannot force abortion. For that, see the following link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/02/texas-teen-wins-right-to-give-birth-over-parents-objections/
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If she married, that would be grounds for emancipation though (so that you would no longer be liable to pay support), if that's something on the table.
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