Child support is an important monetary resource for many custodial parents. The Texas Attorney General's Office understands this and it provides certain child support services to those parents who need assistance. If you wish to learn more about the services, you may read one of our earlier blog posts, which discussed the services in detail.
Typically, courts across the United States, including in Texas, order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. However, collecting a child support order is often difficult. The U.S. now recognizes the problem and all states must formally adopt the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act in order to collect child support. All states, including Texas, also have agencies to assist with the child support enforcement.
What rules in Rhode Island cover child support modification? Chapter 15-5 covers divorce and separation in the state of Rhode Island and section 15-5-16.7 lays out the law regarding the review of child support order. First, this section relies on an order being valid and enforceable pursuant to the Rhode Island state plan for child support enforcement, which is defined in section 15-16-5(a).
Child support laws have been established to make sure that a child whose parents are estranged does not have to suffer due to financial instabilities of the family. Child support enforcement is a great concern in Texas. Often, the non-custodial parent may try and evade paying child support. Enforcing such child support order thus becomes a matter of primary importance.
In Dallas, child support enforcement is taken very seriously. Parents who are obligated to make monthly payments for the upkeep and care of their children are required to do so or face penalties if they don't. In the event that a parent who is supposed to be paying child support fails to make the payments, law enforcement will use multiple tactics to pursue them and get them to pay. It can lead to significant problems down the road for the supporting parent.
In 2012, a Texas man successfully defended a child support claim brought by the mother of two children who were conceived with sperm he donated. In 2008, another sperm donor, who had regular contact with the children and had agreed to provide some support, lost a case brought by the children's mother for increased support. Now a third sperm donor is being pursued for child support even though the child's mother is not seeking his assistance. These cases all illustrate the importance of seeking legal advice before becoming involved in artificial reproduction.In the most recent case, a man agreed to donate sperm to a lesbian couple that used a do-it-yourself artificial insemination kit to conceive. After the child was born and the couple broke up, the child's biological mother sought public aid for the child in Kansas, where she resides. The state then went after the sperm donor for support, arguing he is the father under state law because a doctor was not involved in the artificial insemination procedure. The case is scheduled for hearing in April.
The Texas Attorney General's office has been cracking down on parents who are delinquent on their child support payments. Many parents have been forced to serve jail time, and one Texas program is seeking to change that. The Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) program at Workforce Solutions assists delinquent parents in finding employment so they can meet their financial obligations to their children.Workforce Solutions, which serves the Rio Grande Valley, is one of 28 workforce boards across the state of Texas. It and 16 other workforce boards participate in the NCP program, and it is the state's top performer. Since 2005, the program has helped to collect more than $10 million in delinquent payments.
Law enforcement in Harrison County, working in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General's Office, arrested 11 people for non-payment of child support. The sweep was part of an attempt to target parents who were in contempt of court for failure to make these payments. Child Support Division investigators also provided help in locating some of the parents.There were 19 total warrants for parents in Harrison County. The agencies are still trying to locate the eight people who were not arrested in the initial sweep. The attorney general's office collected $3.4 billion in child support in 2011, $10.7 million of which came from Harrison County.