Back-To-School Reminder: Pay your child support
By Ken Paxton
Every year around this time, Texas children get ready to head back to the classroom. Their young minds are filled with anticipation and excitement of seeing old friends, making new ones and starting fresh.
The start of a new school year is a special occasion for children, making it important for moms and dads to be there to share the joy and provide support. It’s also a good time to remind parents of the importance of making their regular child support payments.
It is common knowledge that children depend on their parents for basic needs like food, shelter, health care and back-to-school clothing. However, research shows that it’s about more than just money for the necessities. The children of parents who pay their child support have fewer behavior problems, make better grades and stay in school longer than children who do not receive regular support.
Parents who pay child support are much more likely to take an active role in their kids’ lives. Children with two involved, caring parents are more self-confident, more likely to exercise self-control and less likely to engage in risky behaviors that can lead to drug use and early pregnancy.
Thankfully, most parents pay their court-ordered child support every month. For parents who need extra encouragement, it is our hope that the new school year brings renewed commitment to do the right thing: pay their child support. All children deserve the security that comes with parents who care enough to make regular child support payments.
Parents who need child support services can contact the Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s Office for assistance. The Child Support Division will help:
- Establish paternity;
- Locate a noncustodial parent;
- Establish and enforce child support and medical support orders;
- Review and adjust child support payments; and
- Collect and distribute child support payments.
The Attorney General’s Office accepts applications from mothers, fathers and other individuals who need child support services. Customers can apply for services by calling the 24-hour voice response system at (800) 252-8014 or by visiting Child Support Interactive on the main Attorney General website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. Parents who receive financial assistance through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission automatically receive child support services.
For the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2014, the Child Support Division collected more than $3.8 billion in child support. The Office of the Attorney General is committed to Texas children and will work with parents to collect the support kids need to lead healthy and productive lives.
The Office of the Attorney General wishes Texas children a safe and successful school year!
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Children Who Receive Child Support
- Have better health and nutrition
- Have fewer behavior problems
- Make better grades
The Attorney General Will Help
- Establish your child’s paternity
- Locate a noncustodial parent
- Establish and enforce child support and medical support orders
- Review and adjust child support payments
- Collect and distribute child support payments
Apply for Child Support Services by
- Visiting Child Support Interactive on the main Attorney General website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov
- Calling the 24-hour voice response system at (800) 252-8014
Information on this and other topics is available on the Attorney General’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.
Ken Paxton is the Texas Attorney General
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