Unpaid Child Support In Texas Totals Nearly $11 Billion

HOUSTON (October 1, 2012)--The amount of unpaid child support in Texas is nearly $11 billion statewide, according to records obtained by the Houston Chronicle that show that of nearly half of about one million parents across Texas required to pay child support fell behind on payments last year by at least a month.

The Texas Attorney General's Office goes after parents who aren't paying child support and spokeswoman Janece Rolfe said collectors’ caseloads are increasing and more parents are applying to have their obligations reduced.

State and national authorities say a fluctuating economy and erratic jobless rates are taking a toll on parents who pay child support. Delinquencies appeared to peak in 2009.


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