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Relating to suits affecting the parent-child relationship and the
enforcement of child support.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1676 would require court ordered spousal maintenance payments to be paid through the State Disbursement Unit when the court is also ordering child support. The bill also clarifies the standard for owing support if incarcerated for a period of greater than 180 days as a "material and substantial change" for the purposes of modifying a child support payment. Furthermore, the bill requires courts to render separate cumulative judgments for child support, medical support, and dental support. Finally, it ensures that qualified domestic orders can continue to be used for collection of child support and makes an adjustment to the time frame.
Texas Action is neutral on SB 1676 because it does not affect our liberty principles.