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Dodging child support? Major shame in that game

Texas parents are well aware that the cost of raising a child continues to increase. Though surely, necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are expensive on their own, parents must also factor in expenses like extracurricular activities, child care, medical care and other common costs. Many single parents rely on child support to offset some of these costs, as the payments are intended to be used, but if the parent responsible doesn't make his or her payments, the other parent is left to shoulder the financial burden alone. 

Though a parent who fails to pay child support on time can face serious legal consequences, such as fines, wage garnishment and even jail time, many feel these repercussions alone do not do enough to discourage non-payment. Activists in another state have put forth a new idea that may quickly catch on elsewhere. These people have introduced legislation that would publicly shame parents who blatantly fall behind on their child support. 

The idea suggests that, when a parent falls behind on child support payments in an amount that would trigger legal consequences, the parent would have his or her name added to a public database. This way, potential employers, friends, family members and other members of a parent's community would be able to see the transgression much like the public is able to view a person's criminal history in many states. Supporters hope this idea will encourage parents to make payments on time in the future, and will allow a parent who makes an effort to catch up to have his or her name removed. 

If a Texas parent faces a similar situation, he or she may want to take action to establish, modify or enforce a child support order. Busy parents may feel overwhelmed by the legal process, but help is available. Often, a compassionate attorney can be a major asset to a parent. An attorney can help a parent get the ball rolling, so that children do not have to go without.

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

Dodging child support? Major shame in that game

Texas parents are well aware that the cost of raising a child continues to increase. Though surely, necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are expensive on their own, parents must also factor in expenses like extracurricular activities, child care, medical care and other common costs. Many single parents rely on child support to offset some of these costs, as the payments are intended to be used, but if the parent responsible doesn't make his or her payments, the other parent is left to shoulder the financial burden alone. 

Though a parent who fails to pay child support on time can face serious legal consequences, such as fines, wage garnishment and even jail time, many feel these repercussions alone do not do enough to discourage non-payment. Activists in another state have put forth a new idea that may quickly catch on elsewhere. These people have introduced legislation that would publicly shame parents who blatantly fall behind on their child support. 

The idea suggests that, when a parent falls behind on child support payments in an amount that would trigger legal consequences, the parent would have his or her name added to a public database. This way, potential employers, friends, family members and other members of a parent's community would be able to see the transgression much like the public is able to view a person's criminal history in many states. Supporters hope this idea will encourage parents to make payments on time in the future, and will allow a parent who makes an effort to catch up to have his or her name removed. 

If a Texas parent faces a similar situation, he or she may want to take action to establish, modify or enforce a child support order. Busy parents may feel overwhelmed by the legal process, but help is available. Often, a compassionate attorney can be a major asset to a parent. An attorney can help a parent get the ball rolling, so that children do not have to go without.

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