The Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division provides many services to parents in relation to their children, free of charge. Depending on each specific circumstance it is possible that the entity could provide services such as establishing paternity or locating a parent who is absent. In addition, it can assist with establishing and enforcing child support and medical support orders. I also adjusts child support payments and collects and distributes them.
Because of the many services the Attorney General’s Child Support Division provides, it is important that there is a computer system in place that can handle all of the issues. To that end, for the last six years Texas has been working on upgrading the program that is currently in place. In addition to being years behind schedule, the price of the project has also grown by more than $70 million and according to a state audit is estimated to be around $275 million. The system that is currently in place is 20 years old.
There are multiple reasons why it is important that the technology used by the Attorney General’s Child Support Division keeps up with the times. Perhaps most important is the large number of Texas residents who benefit from the services offered. The number of child support cases that the division handles grows by about 5,000 cases a month. Despite this, the number of individuals employed by the agency is more or less what it was 10 years ago.
Those facing child support matters in Texas should be aware that regardless of the stage of their case, a family law attorney can be of assistance. The sooner one is contacted, the better.