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Understanding Child Support Enforcement in Texas

When a couple of parts ways and shares custody of a child, it is important that child support is paid on time and in full. When it is not, the parent who is supposed to be receiving the payments has certain steps they can take to receive what is owed. Enforcement of child support payments will be pursued from the supporting parent regardless of where they live. If the parent has moved to another state, the states are cooperative with one another when it comes to child support enforcement. The payments must be made no matter what.

A parent who is behind in the payments or outright refuses to pay might have to deal with the following: employers could be asked to deduct the amount owed from the supporting parent’s paycheck; federal tax income refunds, lottery winnings, or other money that the person receives could be intercepted; there could be a lien against property and assets; licenses can be suspended, and a lawsuit can be filed.

License suspension is an effective method to get a delinquent parent to pay. This can apply not just to driver’s licenses, but to professional licenses or hunting licenses. The license suspension will commence if the parent is more than three months behind on payments. If a person needs a license to work – such as a law, medical or dental license – it can severely affect the ability to earn a living if these are suspended. There are 60 agencies that issue licenses and all might be involved in issuing a suspension for failure to pay child support.

The Attorney General’s office will match licenses with those who have failed to make their payments and issue a warning that the license suspension is pending. The parent is given a chance to make good on the payments to avoid the suspension. Given how important it is that children are properly provided for, parents who are not receiving the required payments need to understand how to move forward with a legal case with help from an attorney experienced in pursuing child support payments.

Source: The Attorney General of Texas, “Families and Parenting,” accessed on Dec. 28, 2015

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