How to Collect Texas Child Support Easily
If you're struggling to get child support, you're not the only one. Research shows that less than half (43.5 percent) get the full child support amount they're owed, while more than 30 percent don't get any at all. Texas child support, in particular, has seen an 8 percent increase in current child support due in just 4 years — climbing from $4,548,414,750 to $4,933,084,195.
So, do you have to pay child support? Absolutely. The only time you don't is if both parties agree on it. How does child support work? It depends on the state. It can take a lot of time and money to get the money you're owed in Texas if you take on the task yourself.
Fortunately, DoNotPay can do all the work on your behalf with the Child Support product. We can also help you with:
How Are Child Support Payments Enforced in Texas?
Child support in Texas is taken very seriously. When payments are not made, actions are taken by Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas.
Paxton can enforce non-payment in one or more of the following ways:
|License suspension||All of your licenses can be suspended, including your driver's license, fishing license, hunting license, and more.|
|Passport denial||They can halt any attempt to get a passport or renew one.|
|Liens||It can be filed on everything from your property, bank accounts, and retirement to insurance plans and personal injury claims.|
|Credit Bureau reporting||The amount owed can be put on your credit history.|
|Lottery intercept||Money can be taken from your winnings and directed to child support and arrears.|
|Civil or criminal contempt||Until a participant complies to the court order to make specified payments or pay in full the child support owed, they may be subjected to hefty fines or an agreed-upon (by the judge) jail sentence.|
How to Get Texas Child Support Yourself
If you're trying to get Texas child support yourself, you may want to start by communicating with the other parent (typically through lawyers) on an agreed-upon payment. If the other parent is refusing to pay and is not cooperating in any way, it may be time to take more action.
For instance, you may need to do one or more of the following steps:
- File a notice or official demand letter that outlines how much the other parent owes in child support, their legal obligations to make such payments, and what will happen if they continue to refuse.
- Contact your local government or child support help agency to get some more help in finding and contacting your ex to discuss child support further.
- Take the case to court to force your ex to pay what they owe and continue making payments in the future. This may include filing a Motion for Contempt if the other parent remains uncooperative.
These options can be very stressful to take on by yourself and often take up too much of your time. While you will need to be present for much of it, so some time is required, DoNotPay can free up the rest of the time for you to be there for your kids.
Next Steps for Demanding Child Support Payments if You Can’t Do It Yourself
If you find that you can't do it yourself, you could always enlist an automated service to demand child support payments on your behalf. Not only is it much easier, but DoNotPay makes sure you get the money you deserve so that your child(ren) can be properly taken care of.
Even better, DoNotPay only needs a few details from you, and the rest will be done on our end. This way, you can give your time and attention to more important matters — your family.
If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments, you can do it with DoNotPay in just three steps:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
Other Ways DoNotPay Can Make Your Life Easier
Our Child Support product doesn't just help with Texas child support, but rather child support in any state in the U.S. We can also help you with common child support questions like:
- Is child support taxable?
- How long is child support paid?
- What does child support cover?
- How long does child support take?
DoNotPay also has services for other issues in your life you may need quickly resolved. For instance, DoNotPay can help with the following and more: