Many Texas parents rely upon child support every month to ensure that bills get paid and their children are well taken care of. However, some parents may not receive their child support due to the other parent becoming delinquent on their payments. Recent reports show that non-custodial parents in Texas are almost $11 billion behind in their payments.
Approximately one million parents across the state are required by the court to pay child support. Unfortunately, almost half of those parents were late last year on their payments. The state will pursue parents who fail to pay their child support, but the state has seen an increase in caseloads as well as an increase in parents seeking to have their monthly child support reduced.
State and national officials are blaming both the economy and unemployment rates for some of the reasons why parents may be late on their payments. In the year 2009, delinquencies appeared to be at an all-time high. However, many custodial parents feel the sting when child support is not timely and the children are the ones who can suffer the most.
Texas parents who are not receiving timely child support have legal options available to them through the courts. Seeking legal assistance may be a good idea in a case where the money is necessary for the continued well-being of a child. Similarly, parents who owe child support and suffer a change in circumstances such as job loss should remember that they can request a modification of their support obligations in family court.
Source: KTXS.com, "Report: Unpaid child support in Texas nearly $11B," Oct. 1, 2012