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Child support delinquency could mean no driving

If you live in Texas, you are probably aware of the new system lawmakers have been implementing regarding vehicle registration renewal. It has been dubbed the Texas Two-Step, and it was designed to make vehicle registration renewal more efficient by smoothing out the process. However, along with the changes to the registration process have come additional provisions for registration, including sanctions designed to hinder people who are behind on their child support payments.

Starting with registration renewals that are due this December, individuals who are more than five months behind in child support payments will be unable to renew their registration. The system is designed to help ensure that parents who owe child support stay current on the payments, but unfortunately, it could end up preventing those very parents from earning the money necessary to pay the payments in the first place. Without a vehicle registration, it may be impossible to get to work, making it even more difficult for parents who are already behind on payments to catch back up.

The intent may be noble?cracking down on deadbeat parents who are dodging out on child support payments?but this system does not take into account parents who truly wish to make the payments, but for one reason or another cannot. Perhaps you have fallen on hard times yourself and have lost your job, for example. The inability to renew your registration would simply add another hurdle to your already difficult life situation.

It is always a good idea to stay current on child support payments, but it is important to remember that child support payments are supposed to be fair. If you feel that your child support payments are unfair to you, consider meeting with an attorney who is familiar with family law in Texas. You could have your child support payments modified to be more affordable to your current circumstances.

Source: KLTV, "Better East Texas: State of Texas tackles child support backlog," Pat Stacey, June 21, 2016

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