2019 Texas Statutes
Title 5 - The Parent-Child Relationship and the Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship
Subtitle D - Administrative Services
Chapter 231 - Title Iv-D Services
Subchapter D. Location of Parents and Resources
Section 231.305. Memorandum of Understanding on Child Support for Children Receiving Public Assistance
Sec. 231.305. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON CHILD SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE. (a) The Title IV-D agency and the Texas Department of Human Services by rule shall adopt a memorandum of understanding governing the establishment and enforcement of court-ordered child support in cases involving children who receive financial assistance under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code. The memorandum shall require the agency and the department to:
(1) develop procedures to ensure that the information the department is required to collect to establish and enforce child support:
(A) is collected from the person applying to receive the financial assistance at the time the application is filed;
(B) is accurate and complete when the department forwards the information to the agency;
(C) is not information previously reported to the agency; and
(D) is forwarded to the agency in an expeditious manner;
(2) develop procedures to ensure that the agency does not duplicate the efforts of the department in gathering necessary information;
(3) clarify each agency's responsibilities in the establishment and enforcement of child support;
(4) develop guidelines for use by eligibility workers and child support enforcement officers in obtaining from an applicant the information required to establish and enforce child support for that child;
(5) develop training programs for appropriate department personnel to enhance the collection of information for child support enforcement;
(6) develop a standard time, not to exceed 30 days, for the department to initiate a sanction on request from the agency;
(7) develop procedures for agency participation in department appeal hearings relating to noncompliance sanctions;
(8) develop performance measures regarding the timeliness and the number of sanctions resulting from agency requests for noncompliance sanctions; and
(A) the time in which the department is required to forward information under Subdivision (1)(D); and
(B) what constitutes complete information under Subdivision (1)(B).
(b) The Title IV-D agency and the Texas Department of Human Services shall review and renew or modify the memorandum not later than January 1 of each even-numbered year.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 341, Sec. 1.07, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 556, Sec. 57, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.