Texas Program Requires Attorney General to Publicize Child Support Evaders

MelissaAccording to this story released by ABC late last year, unpaid child support amounts to nearly $11 billion in Texas. A report by the Houston Chronicle is quoted saying that nearly 1 million parents paying child support fell behind by at least a month last year. Both state and national authorities state that an unstable economy and jobless claims are some of the primary causes.

However, the Office of the Attorney General in Texas is required by law to identify parents who are classified as Child Support Evaders. They are mandated to evoke the public’s help in finding the evaders, using media such as posters, newscasts, and other options within their budget. You can also find a full list of Texas Child Support Evaders on their website.

There are multiple criteria a parent must meet before being considered an evader. These include a warrant out for their arrest, court-ordered delinquent support in excess of $5,000, and irregular payments within the last six months. In addition, the noncustodial parent cannot be receiving welfare or be involved in a bankruptcy case, and the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver in order to allow information to be made public.

Paying child support is now easier than ever. Noncustodial parents have a variety of payment options available to them here, including over the phone or internet, by mail, or as a walk-in. Payments can also be completed through cash, a credit or debit card, or bank draft.

Even if a child has divorced parents, it is essential that they receive the love and support of both parents. If your ex-husband or ex-wife is skirting their child support duties, speaking with an attorney can help you collect. The Law Office of Lori Watson has over 15 years experience helping clients in Round Rock, Austin, Georgetown, and surrounding areas.