(Texas) – Politicians continue to use child support to prevent travel by blocking those who owe from renewing their vehicle registration. This is another blow for parents who struggle to stay up to date on their child support payments. It is a matter of time before more states adopt this policy.
Data research shows that *51% of African American leisure travelers typically arrive at our destinations by using our own cars. As a community, we place a high value on our vehicles. In many instances our vehicles not only allow us to travel for leisure, but in desperate situations, our vehicles have acted as a shelter.
In most cases, if you look at the wealth gap between African Americans and the rest of the country, you will find our vehicles represent a good percentage of our wealth.
So, the story coming from the Texas Attorney General’s office is very disturbing. It may be viewed by the rest of the country as a model for how to deal with dead-beat fathers who fall behind on paying their child support
Here’s what the State of Texas is doing beginning this fall & what you should watch out for in your state:
If a parent falls behind in paying their child support for at least 6 months, that parent can NOT renew their vehicle registration.
The public knows what happens to Black Americans and the police if an African American is pulled over for driving a car that is not registered…RIP Korryn Gaines.
This law is especially concerning because Black men are often unfairly made the face of dead-beat dads who don’t pay their child support. Family courts across the country are filled with black men and women who are routinely brought before judges regarding child support payments.
Critics of the law are outraged and call foul.
Opponents of the policy argue that most parents who are 6 months or more behind are not behind because they don’t want to pay. Parents fall behind due to job loss, an inability to find work, medical issues, and a whole host of other financial obstacles. The job market alone is tough for African Americans seeking employment. The unemployment rate in Black America is consistently and predictably higher than any other group, so who is likely to feel the effects the hardest from this law.
Others also argue that it is counter productive for the State’s Attorney General Office to implement a law that would limit the means for a parent to seek work or earn a living to catch up and pay their child support.
It is important to note that this law does NOT require the full balance of the child support to be paid, but it does require a payment arrangement to be made. So one must have a job and a means of getting to and from work.
This gives the state the authority to decide on a parent’s delinquency based on their government records that’s kept by their government system and maintained by their government workers.
This isn’t the first time politicians used child support to suppress travel. Remember this article, 2 Laws Black Travelers Must Know.
Texas is the leading state in the country when it comes to collecting child support. The Attorney General’s Office prides itself on having collected more money in child support in the last nine years than any other state.
So, watch out for your state and the continued attacks by law makers to use child support to limit and prevent your travel.
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