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Texas finds effective strategy for delinquent child support

Texas has tried many approaches to make sure parents make up their delinquent child support payments, but enforcement continues to be challenging for the state, and for the custodial parents and children who depend on these payments. Some non-custodial parents are simply willing to take the risk of various punishments if they do not make the payments they are supposed to based on the legal agreement with the custodial parent.

How to pay less child support in Texas

Does your ex-wife insist you are able to pay more child support? Can you no longer afford to pay the amount the court originally ordered? Does your child now live with you most of the time? Whatever the reason, there are certain situations that allow you to request a modification of your child support amount so that it is fair and reasonable for both you and your child. You want to avoid being unable to pay because then you may end up serving jail time. Instead, seek legal help to modify your child support if you find yourself in any of the following circumstances.

Child support enforcement includes vehicle registrations

Texas law contains numerous child support enforcement measures and penalties for delinquent payments. These include professionals and occupational license suspension, along with stopping the renewal of handgun licenses. In fact, the state had the highest collection rate in the country for the ninth straight year and collected more than $3.9 billion in support last fiscal year.

Expenses child support does not cover in Texas

The process involving child support is not as cut and dry as you may think. Although child support is a legal obligation regardless of circumstances, Texas courts examine many general and individual factors to decide which parent pays and how much. Therefore, each case is different. This can make it difficult to understand how child support works. One of the most misunderstood aspects of it is what the money covers and how the obligee (parent receiving the payments) can use the money.

Program assists with child support payments

Noncustodial parents in Texas have legal child support responsibilities, but often face economic hardship. The Noncustodial Parents Choices Program (NCP) assists low-income unemployed or underemployed noncustodial parents, who are late with their child support payments when their children are current or former public assistance recipients.

New law targets late child support

Since the beginning of September, the Texas Attorney General's office had additional child support enforcement powers under a new law. The office can now deny vehicle registration renewals if parents do not make child support payments over six consecutive months. However, this new law may penalize working mothers and fathers who use their own transportion to earn money to pay for this support.

Collecting child support from other states

Parents do not always stay in Texas after divorce or separation. Collecting child support from a parent living in another state, however, presents challenges. A federal law, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, responds to this problem and requires all states to adopt this law and assist with child support enforcement.

How does child support work?

Texas law requires all parents to support their children with the necessities of life such as food, clothing, education, medical expenses and a place to live. After the parents' relationship ends, a court orders the noncustodial parent to regularly pay child support to the primary support parent. Normally, this support is deducted from the obligor's paycheck.

Family law resources to help parents with child support changes

Child support is for the child which it is important to keep in mind as child support disputes come up between parents. Children need financial support and it is important for parents to remain focused on the child's needs during child support disputes and when child support concerns arise. Because child support is important for children and families, and the family law process recognizes that life changes in a variety of ways as children grow and develop, the family law process provides options to help parents through those changes.