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, 2012, the Office of the Attorney General's Child Support Division served more than 1.3 million families and collected a record-breaking $3.5 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 82 percent of the $3.5 billion collected. In addition, by sending 113,000 National Medical Support Notices, employers were able to enroll thousands of children into 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:
- Report newly hired and re-hired individuals
- Respond to verification of employment requests
- Comply with medical support notices
- Withhold income (garnishment of wages)
- Submit mandated payments
- Notify the OAG prior to issuing lump sum payments
- Report terminated employees with income withholding orders from the OAG
Texas Employer Website
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.