Non-payment of child support is a problem throughout the nation. The debate as to whether the nonpaying parent should be punished or helped is one that is trending right now. Texas has recently taken the help approach, and it seems to be working for all parties involved. All most noncustodial parents need is a job in order to pay their child support in order to help provide the basic necessities for their children.
A program created in 2005 to help noncustodial parents who haven’t been able to find employment get back on their feet has proven to be a success. The pattern of a parent falling behind on child support after losing their job is one that can’t be ignored. Texas courts have opted to help these parents find employment. Not only does this benefit the child, but the parents tend to feel better about themselves as well. A reported $100 million has been collected since the program started.
Programs such as this could prove to be useful and become more popular as positive results are achieved. When a parent doesn’t receive the child support they have been ordered, it can create a hardship not only on the parent, but the child as well. Statistically, children in a single income household don’t have as many opportunities as children that live in a multiple income households. Hopefully with options such as this, many children’s lives will greatly improve.
A Texas parent that isn’t receiving ordered child support payments on time may benefit from looking into the applicable laws. If the ordered parent is unemployed, this program might be a good way to rectify the situation. Having an understanding of all available options can prove beneficial when trying to receive funds that are overdue.
Source: woai.com, “Program collects child support, helps put parents back to work,” Melissa Vega, May 17, 2013