Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Monday, December 17, 2001
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN URGES PARENTS TO ENROLL IN DIRECT DEPOSIT
Direct Deposit of Child Support Payments Saves Time and Money
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced a statewide campaign to inform custodial parents that direct deposit is an option for receiving their child support payments from the state. Direct deposit provides a safe, fast and convenient method for depositing child support payments directly into a parent's personal checking or savings account. Direct deposit also saves taxpayer dollars by eliminating costs associated with printing and mailing child support warrants.
"Direct deposit is a quick and efficient way for parents to receive child support payments that are needed to feed and clothe their children. I am encouraging all eligible parents to enroll in this important program because it helps families and saves taxpayer dollars," said Attorney General Cornyn.
In July 2001 the Attorney General's Child Support Division (CSD) began offering direct deposit to parents on a trial basis. This month the CSD is launching an outreach campaign to encourage the 350,000 custodial parents who receive their child support payments through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit (TxCSDU) to enroll in direct deposit.
The TxCSDU was created in April 2000 under a federal mandate that requires states to provide one location for employers to send child support payments withheld from employee pay checks. The TxCSDU processes more than 700,000 child support warrants a month with a projected increase to 1 million warrants per month by Aug. 2002.
Printing and mailing a child support warrant costs 97 cents, compared to only 3 cents for electronic delivery. If 50 percent of eligible custodial parents convert to direct deposit, taxpayers will save $5.6 million per year once the program is fully implemented.
Parents who sign up for direct deposit will receive their child support quicker because the time it takes to mail and cash a check is eliminated. Direct deposit reduces risk of warrant theft, and provides convenience by saving extra trips to the bank.
Parents receiving child support payments through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit can obtain a direct deposit authorization form by calling 1-800-252-8014, or by visiting the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.tx.us and selecting child support.
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