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Texas tactic to collect delinquent child support proves effective

It has long been a difficult matter in Texas to collect delinquent child support. A dispute about this issue not only causes damage to the parents, but the child as well. In trying to collect delinquent payments, the state uses various strategies with a range of results. One new tactic that is being used is to refuse to allow those who are behind on their child support to renew their vehicle registrations. It is proving to be highly effective.

As of the end of March, the state has collected more than $1 million from delinquent parents with this program. Overall, an average of $252 per case were collected in 4,634 cases. The highest total was $54,000. The attorney general says that this is effective in getting parents to pay what they are legally obligated to pay. Because so many people need to have use of their vehicles to function on an everyday basis for work and personal use, the inability to register the vehicle can cause substantial problems. Once the parents who have had their registration held up through this program pay what they are supposed to pay, the renewal will be allowed.

With the program, a notification is sent to the parent 90 days prior to the expiration of the registration. This gives them time to pay their child support and avoid the penalty. This program is not meant to pursue parents who are a month or two months behind on their payments. It is to pursue those who have stopped making their payments.

Family legal issues can come in many different forms, but one of the most troublesome is when child support is not being paid in full and on time. For custodial parents who have exhausted all their options to get what they are owed from the supporting parent, the program in which the state stops the supporting parent from registering a vehicle can be beneficial. Speaking to a family law attorney about what steps to take with this or any other method of collecting delinquent child support can help.

Source: ksat.com, "Program tying car registration to child support pays off for Texas," Van Darden, April 11, 2017

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