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Child support: Texas Attorney General urges parents to pay

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recently urged parents to make a 2012 resolution to pay all of their child support this year in a timely manner. In an open letter, the attorney general reminded readers of the importance and specific uses of payments made for child support. Abbott pointed out the common knowledge that child support payments are needed to provide children with food, shelter and clothing. But the letter also notes that full and timely payments do much more than provide what we normally think of as basic needs.

Abbott referred to research that indicates some other very important results of child support payments. When child support payments are made on time and in full, it has been shown that children engage in less trouble at school, make better grades and attend classes longer than kids whose parents do not provide regular support.

Moreover, parents are likely to offer more guidance in their children's lives if child support payments are made on a regular basis. Payment programs have been shown to improve parent-child relationships, resulting in parents' playing a more active and helpful role in their children's upbringing. The attorney general notes that children often exhibit more self-control and confidence if they have two active and caring parents in their lives. Additionally, such co-parenting results in lower chances of early pregnancy and drug use among children.

Abbott said that his office took in a record $3.196 billion in child support payments during Texas's most recent fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, 2011. Indeed, that is a hefty sum, but it is necessary to meet the emotional and material needs children have throughout their young lives.

Texas parents who have questions about child support payments may do well to contact a legal professional who is familiar with the current child support laws. Options are available to make 2012 a better year for both children and the caring parents who support them.

Source: East Texas Review, "Make a resolution to pay your child support," Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Jan. 5, 2012

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