If you have to pay support or your child’s other parent has fallen behind on their monthly payments, you should understand how the state enforces child support orders. Ideally, divorced parents can work together to provide their children with the resources they need. However, some parents cannot pay support (such as those who lost their job or suffered a health crisis). Moreover, some custodial parents do not receive the support they deserve, even though they have tried to reach out to their ex.
Whether you want to enforce a child support order or you worry about the consequences associated with falling behind on child support, understanding how Texas enforces child support is crucial.
What happens when a parent fails to pay child support?
According to the Attorney General of Texas, the state has many tools with regard to enforcing child support orders. For example, if you fail to pay child support, you could lose your driver’s license and passport eligibility. The state reports back support to credit bureaus and the OAG can place liens on bank accounts, property and retirement accounts.
In fact, courts can impose financial penalties and even sentence parents to jail for failure to pay child support.
How can you address back child support?
Whether your ex has missed payments or you have fallen behind on your obligations, it is vital to understand your options. Sometimes, people can reach out to their former partner in an amicable manner and encourage them to make child support payments, although this is not always feasible. You could benefit from setting up a payment plan or modifying your child support order, depending on your circumstances.