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Delinquent child support could prevent you from driving

Child support is an extremely controversial issue for nearly every couple that has experience with it. In many instances, neither party can seem to agree on how much is fair: the parent with primary custody of the child feels that he or she needs more money to provide for the child, while the parent paying the majority of the child support cannot see how such a large percentage of income is necessary.

The important thing for both parties to remember is that any dispute regarding child support should be handled through legal avenues and with legal assistance. Some people who feel that they should not have to pay so much money in child custody simply choose not to pay. Reasons for this failure to pay can vary, but the result does not vary: you will be on the wrong side of the law. In an effort to enforce child support payments more consistently, Texas is stepping up the penalties for delinquent payments.

According to reports, courts will be turning to the Department of Motor Vehicles for assistance in identifying and penalizing individuals who are behind in child support payments. Starting in September, if you are delinquent in child support payment, you will be unable to renew your license plate until you catch back up.

Of course, this mandate has been met with some resistance, as many parents claim that they will be unable to make it to work, preventing them from earning the wages necessary to pay the child support at all. This is why the best avenue for those who are struggling with child support payments is to contact an attorney who is familiar with Texas law. Legal assistance can help you come up with a plan to pay off your child support, and could even help you modify your child support orders to better reflect your circumstances so that you can make the monthly payments.

Source: KRGV, "State Cracking Down on Late Child Support Payments," May 23, 2016

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