The term “public record” refers to information (typically documents) that anyone can view. In short, "public record" is anything not confidential. In Texas, child support payments are considered confidential information, which means they are not open to the public. That doesn’t mean both parties involved in the child support agreement – the paying party and the receiving one – can’t view information about the payments as needed, though.
Who Can View My Child Support Record?
Parents of the child receiving support are entitled to view payment information in Texas. In some cases, legal representatives of either parent can access this information, too. If you are the custodial parent (CP) of a child receiving support, you will need your CIN number and PIN to access these records online. If you are the non-custodial parent, you’ll need your Member ID and PIN to access the same information. Online, custodial parents are able to request their payment history, ask for income verification, submit a change of address, and check their payment status. Similarly, non-custodial parents can request payment history, submit an address change, or make child support payments online.
Child Support Payment Options in Texas
You can pay child support in a variety of ways. Most commonly, child support is paid via:
- Debit Card
- Credit Card
- Bank Draft
Additionally, parents can pay by phone, mail, online, or walk-in appointments. Even though paying for child support is a simple process, many parents owed support have a difficult time getting the support they need. According to the Texas Attorney General, child support depends on a variety of factors. Even if you are eligible to receive it, your ex may be hesitant to pay. By working with the Office of the Attorney General though, you can get help locating the absentee parent and enforcing your child support order.
If you need a child support attorney in Houston, get in touch with a member of our team today. We’d love to discuss your legal options during a consultation!