Child Support & Post Divorce Payments

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Position LWV-TX

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT - 1983, 1987, 1997

The League of Women Voters of Texas supports equitable and efficient means of enforcing court orders for child support.

Explanation: Child Support Enforcement

LWV-TX adopted this position in 1983, after member study and concurrence. The League lobbied statewide in support of a proposition amending the Texas constitution to provide garnishment of wages for enforcement of court orders for child support. After passage of the proposition in November 1983, the League dropped the position at Convention '85, believing its goal had been achieved. However enforcement of court orders for child support payments continued to be a significant statewide problem, and delegates voted to reactivate the position at Convention '87.

POST-DIVORCE PAYMENTS - 1982, 1997

The League of Women Voters of Texas supports changes in Texas laws that would enable a court to award adequate post-divorce payments to a spouse when appropriate.