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Locating a parent who is not making child support payments

Texas parents who have been awarded full custody of their children are usually entitled to receive monthly child support payments from the noncustodial parent. However, some noncustodial parents attempt to avoid their child support obligations by withholding information about their location from the custodial parent. A custodial parent who is not in communication with the noncustodial parent will need to locate the parent in order to enforce a child support order.

Finding a noncustodial parent is much easier when both parents are living in the same state. State agencies will have resources that they can use to find a parent and enforce a child support order through wage garnishment or other means. If a parent moves to a different state, the parent can elude authorities for much longer. However, if a noncustodial parent is stopped by authorities for any reason, a quick check of outstanding warrants could bring up information about delinquent child support payments.

A custodial parent who would like to track down their child's other parent should try to gather as much identifying information about the parent as possible. The parent's Social Security number, the order for child support and the child's birth certificate may help. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement maintains the Federal Parent Locator Service, a program that can help locate deadbeat parents.

There are some cases where a mother is unable to petition for child support payments because paternity has not yet been established. An attorney may be able to help a custodial parent to locate the noncustodial parent and establish paternity if necessary. If the noncustodial parent continues to evade child support obligations, an attorney may be able to help the custodial parent take steps to enforce the child support order.

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