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Texas leads nation in child support collection

Child support payments aren't something to play around with in Texas. According to a report from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Texas led the nation in child support collection last year. Overall, the state collected $3.6 billion in the 2013 fiscal year.

Not only does Texas top the country in the amount collected, it also tops the nation in several other areas. It had the highest collected amount per child support office employee. It was also the most cost effective state in the union. Texas by itself is responsible for over 72 percent of the country's yearly child support collections growth, notes the attorney general.

Despite the collections in Texas, there is a small percentage of the collections that haven't been distributed. The federal report showed that 1.79 percent of the collections weren't distributed in 2013.

The attorney general says that Texas child support collections is a way that the state can help to ensure that the parents of children are the ones supporting those children instead of the state's taxpayers having to foot the bill. When parents don't pay child support, going through collections is sometimes necessary. When that happens, the state gets $11.61 for every $1 it spends on the collection process.

Anyone who has a child with someone that doesn't live in the home might be eligible to get child support. Learning about how child support works in the state might help you to decide if you should seek child support from your child's non-custodial parent. For parents who have to pay child support, knowing about the process to get the support amount modified might be something worth learning.

Source:  4 Local News, "Texas collected most money in child support in 2013, according to report" Adrienne Alvarez, Jun. 11, 2014

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