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Program to reduce delinquent child support payments a success

Monday, July 16, 2018

Many divorces in Texas involving children often include provision for financial assistance for the children after a marriage has ended. However, residents frequently reported that their ex-spouses repeatedly failed to make required child support payments. Last September, the state of Texas took action to remedy this situation. Anyone who failed to make child support payments in the previous six months could not renew his or her vehicle registration.

The program has been deemed a success by the Texas Attorney General's office. The director of the state's Child Support Division reported that the decision was made by the legislature to grant the authority to deny license renewal for those delinquent in their payments. Compared to the gains made in late child support payments, the program costs are low.

The cost of the Denial of Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal program is roughly $17,000 each month. In the first seven months of the program, over $1 million has been paid in delinquent child support. Over 3,800 parents have made payments on approximately 4,600 child support cases.

The Texas program requires that parents make a payment arrangement and honor the payments to renew registrations. It does not stipulate that someone has to make full back payments. In addition to Texas, similar programs exist in Florida and North Carolina.

When going through a divorce, Texas residents are understandably concerned about the well-being of their children. When child support arrangements are finalized, there is an expectation that the payments should be made. A knowledgeable divorce attorney can assist clients with obtaining a favorable arrangement for child support. Also, if a client is dealing with an ex-spouse who is delinquent in child support payments, an experienced lawyer can help clients take the appropriate action to remedy the situation.

Source: setexasrecord.com, "Texas child support program collects $1.17 million in just seven months", Sara Mccleary, May 17, 2017

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