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Gig economy posing problems for child support collections

Unfortunately, many Texas parents fail to pay court-ordered child support. While states may be able to initiate wage garnishments in order to recover child support, the advent of the gig economy has made such tactics more difficult.

An increasing percentage of Americans are turning to gig work and other types of contract jobs as supplementary or primary sources of income. While employers are required to report new hires to the state, companies that hire gig workers do not necessarily have to do so. Tracking down these alternative sources of income can be difficult for state agencies. In some cases, the workers have moved on to new ventures by the time the states catch up to the gig work.

In some states, online platforms such as Lyft and Uber are required to report newly hired contract workers. However, this is not the case in all states. Even in states in which it is the law, the companies do not always comply. In 2015, Texas expanded its laws to require companies to report contract workers to the child support database.

People who are owed child support might benefit by seeking the help of family lawyers. The attorneys may conduct in-depth investigations to uncover the income of the non-paying parents. They might search the parents' social media accounts to look for evidence of spending more money than they ostensibly earn. These efforts might help clients who are owed child support prove that the non-paying parents are earning income that they are not reporting to the courts.

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