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Officials Say Vehicle Registration Ban is Helping with Collection of Back Child Support

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Last September, the Texas State Attorney General’s Office put parents with child support delinquencies on notice that their vehicle registrations would be denied unless they had entered into agreements to catch up arrearages. In December, the state actually started denying requests for renewals by parents in arrears. Officials say that the program has already paid dividends, with more than $160,000 in back child support collected since notice of the program was publicized in September.

According to state officials, more than 500 non-custodial parents have been notified that their vehicle registrations may be denied. Those notices resulted in payments made on more than 600 child support cases.

Texas has long been the national leader in collecting child support payments—the state has ranked first in total dollars collected for the last nine years. But not everyone agrees that the tactics used in Texas are appropriate. Opponents point out that, for most Texans, a vehicle is essential to get to work. By denying a non-custodial parent the right to renew a vehicle registration, the state may be putting the parent’s job in jeopardy. If the parent cannot work, he or she can’t earn any money.

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