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child support

The attorneys with the Simple Texas Divorce program have helped guide clients with the creation of a child support account post-divorce, parent-child relationship case or modification. One common question that arises is: Why do child support payments have to be processed through the Office of the Attorney General (hereinafter, the OAG)? Let’s delve into this topic to provide clarity and understanding.

The Texas Family Code

Under Texas Family Code Section 154, child support is to be paid through the Office of the Attorney General. This means that post-divorce an obligor cannot pay their former spouse directly either through the shared bank account, mobile application or other similar service. Post-divorce, the payer and recipient are to comply with the Order and all terms therein, one of those terms is usually the creation of a child support account through the OAG. The account is usually created the month following a divorce.

The Role of the OAG in Child Support

The OAG plays a pivotal role in ensuring that child support is handled efficiently and legally. Here’s how:

  • Payment Processing: The OAG serves as the official record-keeper for child support payments. This centralized system allows for a transparent record of payments, which can be crucial in disputes. Bank records can only go back in most circumstances for 5 years while a child support account is in place for the duration of the child’s life providing a detailed and accurate record.

Benefits of Using the OAG

  • Consistency: With the OAG, there’s a standardized process for collecting and distributing child support, reducing confusion and errors.
  • Legal Assurance: Payments made through the OAG are documented, providing protection for both the payer and the recipient.

Navigating the System

While the OAG provides a structured system for child support, navigating it can be complex. It is best to:

  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on your case by regularly checking the OAG’s online portal. You have the ability to set up automatic payments so it goes through on time every month.
  • Document Everything: Maintain your own records of payments or any communication with the OAG.
  • Seek Legal Advice: If you encounter issues, it is best to consult with an attorney who can assist with the process.


The Texas OAG is an essential component in the child support system, offering a layer of security and structure to what can be a challenging aspect of family law. Whether you’re a custodial or non-custodial parent, understanding the role and benefits of the OAG can empower you to manage child support account effectively. For more detailed assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the attorneys with the Simple Texas Divorce program.