When a marriage turns sour, the splitting spouses have a laundry list of things to consider. The divorce process itself is filled with major decisions which can often lead to serious disputes. When children are involved, the process becomes even more complicated and parents need to develop a parenting plan to determine how child custody and child support will be handled. When the plan is not properly followed or child support payments are not made, difficulties and further disputes may occur.

Child support collection is often an important issue for parents in Texas, and recently, the Texas Attorney General’s office set a new record in its collections. The new annual record was set by the Child Support Division by collecting more than $3.6 billion in child support. It is reported that this collection has benefited around 900,000 families. To date, this division has collected more than $27 billion in child support since December 2002.

Keeping track of child support and ensuring that delinquent payments are made is important for families. In many cases, the custodial parent relies on child support payments to properly care for the child. The parent may need the payments to provide for both necessities and the cost of extra curricular activities.

When a parent is delinquent on child support payments, it often means that the child suffers. The best interest of the child should always be the focal point, and if a parent is not able to make their payments, they should seek a modification. This could prevent or reduce the penalties they could face for delinquent payments.