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Enforcing child support is possible following divorce

According to the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, district attorneys can provide help with the process of collecting child support. Unfortunately, sometimes following divorce in Texas, an ex-spouse might refuse to make the necessary payments according to the court order. In this situation, the district attorney will serve the ex-spouse with papers.

The served papers provide instructions for the ex to meet up with the district attorney to set up a viable payment arrangement. If the ex decides not to follow these instructions, he or she may face jail time. However, because a person who is in jail cannot earn money, placing an ex behind bars is typically a final resort.

Rather than facing time behind bars, an ex-spouse may face other consequences for not paying child support, such as the withholding of federal tax refunds, with these refunds being used to cover child support. Another consequence may be garnishing wages or seizing property. Besides these, the ex-spouse may have his or her occupational license -- such as a teaching or medical license -- suspended, a business license suspended, or his or her driver's license revoked. The U.S. Department of State may even make it impossible for such an individual to get a passport if he or she is $2,500 behind in his or her child support payments.

Child support remains a huge sticking point during the divorce process in Texas. A major concern may be not getting a reasonable amount in support, or not getting support at all. An attorney can help to make sure that the support that is owed is ultimately received in accordance with state law.

Source: findlaw.com, "Enforcement of Child Support: FAQ's", Accessed on Sept. 5, 2017

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