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Access and Visitation program promotes payment of child support

All across the nation, child support disputes and uncooperative parents are all too common. In an attempt to combat this issue, the Office of the Attorney General has been providing assistance to Texas families and encouraging noncustodial parents to continue to stay connected with their children and regularly pay their child support.

State funding is allocated to the Access and Visitation grant program which offers services designed to tackle the current issues that custodial and noncustodial parents face today. They are given access to a database of various programs which are directed at strengthening cooperative parenting efforts. The grant money also goes to award-winning educational information that is disseminated through the courts and other locations.

According to studies, noncustodial parents who maintain a relationship with their children after a divorce have a higher likelihood of regularly paying child support when compared to those parents who do not remain involved. These programs work toward increasing those odds by positively affecting more of the reported 1.5 million children that should receive child support in Texas.

While these efforts are positive, they don’t answer the needs of every child. Delinquent payments of child support are still all too common, and custodial parents are often left with the day to day expenses of raising a child without the much needed financial backing of the noncustodial parent. In cases such as these, contacting a knowledgeable family law attorney may be necessary. They can help seek the enforcement of child support orders as well as back pay that may be due.

Source: The Kaufman Herald, “Shared parenting services encourage cooperation in the child support process,” Sep. 11, 2013

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