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Texas has a unique child support service

The Office of the Attorney General in Texas, known as OGA, has an online directory called Access and Visitation that lists programs all around the state that offer plans for cooperative parenting after divorce. There are 1.5 million children statewide who have parents living apart. Studies show that when the noncustodial parents remain involved and pay child support, the children benefit in a variety of ways.

For example, children who receive regular support payments are more likely to not have behavior problems, stay in school and make better grades. The parenting services offered by the OAG offer a zip code directory of services that can be accessed online. There is also a hotline that offers conversation by phone with attorneys about custody issues, paternity and support issues. Downloadable legal forms and examples that help users complete them are also available.

Funding from Access and Visitation also develops educational materials that encourage cooperative parenting practices. These materials are handed out at domestic relations offices, OAG child support offices, community based organizations and local courts. A national report indicates that parents who receive services from Access and Visitation pay, on average, 33 percent more child support when compared to those who don't take advantage of the service.

Children are generally happiest when they know they can count on the love and support of both parents. It may be time to allow a family attorney review the case if the custodial situation is becoming too hard to handle. It may be possible for an attorney to work with everyone in the family and get them to agree to a visitation child support payment schedule that are in the best interests of the children.

Source: The Colorado County Citizen, "Shared Parenting Services Encourage Cooperation in Child Support Process", Greg Abbott, September 18, 2013

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