Texas parents behind on child support won't be able to renew car registration

Texas parents behind on child support won't be able to renew car registration

(WWBT) - A new policy in Texas is tying child support payment to something most people don't think much about, car registration.

According to NBC affiliate KING, beginning this September, if someone has missed paying child support for six consecutive months, you will have to begin making payments before you can renew your registration.

"It is not the desire of the [Office of the Attorney General] to take away a parent's transportation; it is our desire to see that Texas children receive court ordered child support," the Texas Attorney General's office said in a statement.

Ahead of its expected implementation, city and county-level officials in Texas are expressing concern.

"Any disruption will slow down traffic, it will make lines longer, there's always the possibility of confrontation, because there's a lot of emotion when children are involved," said Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan adds that he fears this new policy won't get people to pay up on their child support obligations, but rather force people to forgo renewing their registrations.

"Law enforcement will be dealing with this as well," Sullivan said. "If you stop a vehicle that has an expired registration and that driver tells you that they couldn't get it because they couldn't pay their child support, that's going to be a tough discussion on the side of the road in the middle of the night."

According to the Texas Attorney General's office, this new policy will affect between 1,000 to 2,000 parents cross the state each month.

Below is the full statement from the Texas Attorney General's Office:

The OAG's Child Support Division uses every available means to gain compliance with court orders and get lawfully obligated money to children. Because of the Texas program's multifaceted approach, it is first among 54 states, territories and districts for the amount of child support collected; the amount of child support collected per employee; and cost effectiveness.

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