More than two million Texas children are being raised by a single mom or dad. In most instances, the other parent is obligated by court order to provide financial and medical support to the parent with primary custody. By deducting child support from employee paychecks, Texas employers play a key role in improving the economic security of children who rely on child support to cover many of their basic needs.
For the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2013, the Office of the Attorney General's Child Support Division served more than 1.4 million families and collected a record-breaking $3.6 billion in child support. Achieving that milestone would not have been possible without the help of Texas employers. Money that employers withheld from employee paychecks accounted for 76 percent of the $3.6 billion collected. In addition, employers responded to 138,292 National Medical Support Notices. With the help of employers, 203,651 children in the child support caseload were enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans.
The Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with Texas employers, has developed a variety of online services and tools to make it easier for employers to complete their child support responsibilities. Employers who have taken advantage of these innovations report little or no significant costs to their operations.
Thank you, employers, for partnering with the Office of the Attorney General to serve the children and families of Texas!
Employers partner with the Office of the Attorney General by complying with legal requirements in eight broad areas of responsibility:
The Employer Website is a secure, fast and simple way for employers to fulfill their child support responsibilities. Employers who sign up for the online applications can reduce paper, save time and improve the quality of information they provide.