TX LAWS FOR CHILD SUPPORT SUCKS!
by L Pastrano
I'm a custodial parent of a child that recently stopped receiving child support. Needless to say this deadbeat father that lives in Elgin hasn't seen our son since he was 3 years old. He's now.... 15!
I recently went into one of the office here in Austin to speak with a CS Officer because I never get any updates from them regarding my case. I wonder if OAG is really there for the non-custodial parent or the child?
I spoke with an officer there and concluded with this 'FACT'. (As I sat there in tears) Texas State laws feel as long as a non-custodial parent pays child support at least 4 times a year that is sufficient. How have I come up with this determination you ask? If a non-custodial parent that owes child support stops paying child support they will then get a letter from OAG. They give them 30 days to respond to this letter. And if they don't respond within those 30 days, they send another letter giving them another 30 days. If they still don't respond.... they send a third letter giving them another 30 days to respond. And think about this... if that non-custodial parent sends in 'a check' for 'one payment' within that 90 days window they are off the hook. And then the cycle can begin again. So in actuality, the non-custodial parent can get away with paying child support 4 times a year and stay out of jail and out of court. DOES THIS SEEM FAIR?? But this is Texas Laws for you. This is a disgrace, no wonder we have so many crimes against children.... they don't have any rights or no one to stand up for them. But we as society wonder why our children are into crimes and wonder down the path of destruction. Well heck, they don't stand a chance without appropriate financial backing. So Texas leaves it up to the single parent that's trying to raise their child(ren) on a single income or one that's working two jobs to make ends meat.
It's true.... this is a man's world, because if it was a woman's world, this probably wouldn't happen. Lord knows we need a man to be a hero and stand up for these children! GOD HELP THEM.