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Gig economy makes child support enforcement tougher

It seems like everyone is freelancing these days. With the rise of the gig economy, some parents are finding it easier to avoid having support payments taken from their paychecks. In order to bolster child support enforcement, states are looking at ways to make employers more likely to report their employees to collection agencies. In Texas, as of 2015, companies are now mandated to report new contractor hires to the child support database.

Despite regulations in certain states, some popular gig companies like Uber and Lyft are non-compliant. When they do comply, it can still be difficult to collect the payments. Unlike traditional employment, people do not tend to stick with contract work for long. This means that, by the time the hire is reported to the agency, the person may no longer work for the company. 

Some enforcement agencies rely on reporting from the custodial parent and evidence from social media. It is harder to claim a meager income when showing off that new car on Facebook. State officials also look at tax returns and bank accounts for clues about a person's actual income. Other authorities advocate for stronger requirements regarding new hire reporting.

Child support enforcement officials acknowledge that the best way to make sure payments are made is to work with parents to set an order that works for both parties. When reasonable orders are set, neither parent feels squeezed, and the payments are more likely to arrive. In Texas, an experienced family law attorney can help the individual to reach an agreement with their co-parent. 

Source: HuffPost, "Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws A Place To Hide", Jen Fifield, Dec. 1, 2017

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Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

Gig economy makes child support enforcement tougher

It seems like everyone is freelancing these days. With the rise of the gig economy, some parents are finding it easier to avoid having support payments taken from their paychecks. In order to bolster child support enforcement, states are looking at ways to make employers more likely to report their employees to collection agencies. In Texas, as of 2015, companies are now mandated to report new contractor hires to the child support database.

Despite regulations in certain states, some popular gig companies like Uber and Lyft are non-compliant. When they do comply, it can still be difficult to collect the payments. Unlike traditional employment, people do not tend to stick with contract work for long. This means that, by the time the hire is reported to the agency, the person may no longer work for the company. 

Some enforcement agencies rely on reporting from the custodial parent and evidence from social media. It is harder to claim a meager income when showing off that new car on Facebook. State officials also look at tax returns and bank accounts for clues about a person's actual income. Other authorities advocate for stronger requirements regarding new hire reporting.

Child support enforcement officials acknowledge that the best way to make sure payments are made is to work with parents to set an order that works for both parties. When reasonable orders are set, neither parent feels squeezed, and the payments are more likely to arrive. In Texas, an experienced family law attorney can help the individual to reach an agreement with their co-parent. 

Source: HuffPost, "Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws A Place To Hide", Jen Fifield, Dec. 1, 2017

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