Texas AG Office - Changes In the Works

by Sylvia Fenstermacher
(Austin, TX)

Change Is Coming for Custodial Parents - Texas Single Parents Coalition

by Sylvia Fenstermacher
(Austin, TX)

I raised two kids, working two jobs for almost 10 years, 7 days a week. My kids are grown now, my ex became disabled and owed over $100,000 in childsupport when he passed away in 2007. Now I have a 3 year old grandson and his father is already behind by $8000. We all know what the AG's office has done about that and thousands of others, that's right NOTHING!!! I got lucky and landed a job in a lobby firm which I worked for almost 20 years. It may be too late for me and my children, but not for my grandson or any other child out there. I am now self-employed (Legislative Data Services) working with lobbyists, legislators and political action committees on campaign finance, non profit filings, and sending out invitations for fundraisers; etc...however, I am in the process of using the tools I learned employed at the lobby firm. I have been meeting with legislators and will continue to do so during the interim to encourage another Sunset Review of the AG's Office. According to their last report they did not meet all the recommendations or actions required under their last review. The AG's Office received $27,300,000 in appropriations this legislative session for child support enforcement, its time for them to stop making excuses and start doing their job. During the last session I testified on bills dealing with Net Resources, Earnings and Disposable Earnings. If you are a custodial parent and the non-custodial parent works in the restaurant/bar service industry I have big news for you, "tips" are included as garnishable wages. I managed to get an AG's Opinion clarifiying this. Call the Texas AG's office and ask for a copy, ask for Louisa McGee, Kathy McMichael or Alicia Keys and get your child support. Or you can hire an attorney because Sec. 158.206 says the employer becomes liable to you if they fail to collect, it also awards attorney fees and court costs. The are also liable for a $200 fine per pay period for failure to collect which goes toward child support enforcement. Go to the AG's website and go to the employer section, they receive a booklet on this and still they fail to collect "tips". My grandsons case is going to the Domestion Relations Office in Travis County for enforcement and is no longer with the AG's office. They all know grandma is on her way. Check your county for an office like this if you are not getting anywhere with the AG's office. Contact your legislator about the Sunset Process. As a child I used to play in the halls of the Capitol Building growing up in the State of Nebraska, I moved to Texas in 1986, when I was 26, now I am 48 and know I am in the right place at the right time. Change is long overdue.

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Fustrated
by: Anonymous

hi I am a custodial parentl.my ex husband was ordered to pay child support. The first month it was due he paid nothing. He sign papers for the child support to come directly out of his check but it was not due until the second payment was due. Then I was informed that i would receive less than half the amount he was order to pay because they only can take so much out of his pay. I was told the rest would go into arrears.I a was assured that he would have to pay all that he owed me even if it takes him fifty years. As long he made partail payments there would be little they would do to enforce the court order payment. My complaint is this I don't need money for my children after they have grown up and can take care of themselves.I need the money now I have to work hard to make ends meet today not fifty years from now. Why even order a amount to be paid if its ok just to make partail payments.My husband is in the miltary. He has a study pay check he has not lost a job or anything like that. I just don't think this is right or just.I don't get to make partail payments for my children.All that i have goes towards them.Is there any help for parents who r experiencing this problem.

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One Sided As Usual
by: Patch

As usual all you "custodial" parents worry about is where the money is coming from. Do Ya'll ever concern yourselves with how the money is spent? Of Course not! You are complaining about the money collecting aspect of the A.G. job description at least you can complain. I want to know where my money is being spent as a "non-custodial" parent who stays up on his child support. Maybe we should get together and go before the Texas Government about the Child Support System because from what I see WE (non-custodial parents) are getting a bigger shaft from the A.G. then you all are. For example visitation; oh wait we get that tired ass excuse about looking out for the best interest of the child crap! Get real, the entire system needs an enema not just the part that you are not getting any money.

Patch

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I wish the AG would help the Non-Custodial Parent
by: Stepmother of 3

I agree and disagree with this change, I agree if the employer gets fined for not garnising the wage of a non custodial parent. But I don't agree with the garnishing of tips... whats next perduim the non custodial parents receive for travel expen's. Because if that is case I WILL FIGHT THIS TELL THE END!!!! My husband pays his child support faithfully every week $366.00 to the mother and grand parents of his 3 children, His oldest son mother has never had a job and expects us to do everything,while she gets every state aid she can to do drinking and druging and the state of TX even pays for her van and car insurance. SO MY QUESTION IS WHEN WILL THE AG HELP THOSE NON CUSTODIAL PARENTS THAT PAY THEIR CHILD SUPPORT, AND MORE JUST TO GET SCREWED?

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