Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN URGES PARENTS TO USE DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR CHILD SUPPORT CHECKS

May is National Direct Deposit Month

AUSTIN - In recognition of National Direct Deposit Month, Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today reminded custodial parents that direct deposit is an option for receiving their child support payments from the state. In December 2001 the Attorney General's Child Support Division launched an outreach campaign to encourage custodial parents to enroll in direct deposit. Since that time, approximately 14,000 families have signed up for the program.

"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 this month because direct deposit helps families and saves taxpayer dollars," said Attorney General Cornyn.

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.

Most parents who receive their child support checks through the Texas Child Support Disbursement Unit (TxCSDU) are eligible for direct deposit. The TxCSDU, which provides one location for employers to send child support payments withheld from employee pay checks, processes more than 700,000 child support warrants a month with a projected increase to 1 million warrants per month by August 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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