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New Texas Law Creates Predicament For Drivers Who Fail To Pay Child Support

The number of parents who fail to pay child support across the country is staggering. In fact, the amount owed in back payments is in the billions of dollars. This situation can be very stressful for the parent who is left to cover the costs of raising children on their own.

Since each individual state is responsible for collecting payments in their jurisdiction, Texas has recently implemented a new measure to help ensure residents in their state are making these payments. And this new measure primarily impacts the non-custodial parent who owns a vehicle.

Annual Vehicle Registration Impacted By New Law

Effective this December, Texas drivers will not be able to renew their vehicle registration if they are behind on child support payments. Non-custodial parents who are more than six months behind on payments must make arrangements to begin paying again before they can register their vehicle. While this does not mean they have to completely catch up, they will have to enter into an agreement with the Attorney General to begin making regular payments again.

As of September, when vehicle registration renewal notices go out, there will be a warning included in the notice for parents who are behind on child support payments. According to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, Janece Rolfe, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General's office child support division, approximately 1,000 to 2,000 registrations per month will be held up as a result of this new law.

Will The New Law Be Effective?

Some question just how much of an impact this new law will actually have. Skeptics include local officials such as Harris County's Tax Assessor-Collector, Mike Sullivan. In the Chronicle article, he expressed concern over longer waits to renew registrations and more people driving illegally as a result of this new law. Other skeptics question whether it will truly impact those who are already choosing to break the law by not paying child support.

While the effectiveness of this new law remains to be seen, it does not mean that custodial parents who have not received child support payments must wait to see if this new law will impact their cases. Consult with an experienced attorney at Jamie Graham & Associates, PLLC, who can provide you with information on how to take action now to collect delinquent child support payments. 

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