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Relating to the administration of and certain procedures under the Title IV-D program for child support enforcement.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2953 would make small changes to child support proceedings. It would require records of court orders regarding child support provided to the state to include medical support and dental support. The form included in such records could have an option for a party to apply for child support services from a Title IV-D agency. Parties to a child support proceeding who wish to waive their right to a court hearing would be able to waive it through digitized signature. The waiver would have to be sworn before a notary public or executed using an unsworn declaration. HB 2953 would also permit court-ordered substitute service of petitions, rather than personal service, and increase the amount of time a court has to sign an agreed upon child support order.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2953 as it does not touch directly upon any of our Liberty Principles.