Parents Behind In Child Support Both Nationally And In Texas
The process of sorting out matters related to a divorce or the end of a relationship is often contentious. This is particularly true when children are involved. Despite the fact that parents will forever be linked as a result of the existence of their kids, they sometimes have a hard time working through matters related to them such as custody, visitation and child support. When a parent fails to live up to his or her responsibilities regarding their children, it can be hard for all involved—particularly the children.
This situation could arise is a noncustodial parent fails to make child support payments as ordered.
This is an issue that exists throughout the nation. In 2013, the United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that there were a total of 15,588,775 child support cases that were open. In Texas, close to $11 billion is owed.
The Attorney General’s Office is responsible for child support cases in the state of Texas. They are responsible for:
- Locating the absent parent
- Establishing paternity
- Establishing/enforcing child support orders
- Establishing/enforcing medical support orders
- Reviewing/adjusting child support payments
- Collecting/distributing child support payments
Among other things they can order that payments be taken from the paycheck of a noncustodial parent who is not making the payments as ordered.
As is the case with most things regarding family law, the assistance of a family law attorney in addressing a child support issue may be beneficial. This is true regardless of which side of the child support issue the parent is.