How to Change Child Support From Arkansas to Texas

by Lisa S. Kramer
Texas courts enforce Arkansas child support orders.

Texas courts enforce Arkansas child support orders.

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Congress has mandated that all states adopt the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act to facilitate the collection of child support payments across state lines. Pursuant to UIFSA, when a custodial parent (the "obligee") and her child move from Arkansas to Texas, the obligee can transfer her Arkansas child support order to Texas for enforcement. The Texas Family Code sets forth procedural guidelines for the transfer of a child support order from a foreign state to Texas.

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Step 1

Obtain a certified copy of your child support order by contacting the clerk of the Arkansas court that granted the original child support order. This copy needs to be an official certified copy, not a photocopy.

Step 2

Make at least two photocopies of the official certified copy of your child support order. One photocopy is for your personal records and one photocopy is for the child support enforcement agency in your Texas county of residence.

Step 3

Draft a sworn statement that includes the following information: the amount of arreage (unpaid and overdue child support payments), name of the obligor (parent who provides child support), name of the obligee (parent who receives child support) and name of person to whom child supports are to be remitted. If known, the sworn statement must include the obligor’s address and social security number, name and address of the obligor’s employer or other source or income for the obligor, and the description and location of any non-exempt property the obligor may have in Texas.

Step 4

Sign your sworn statement and have it notarized. Make a photocopy of this sworn statement for your records.

Step 5

Draft an informal letter to the Texas family court in your county of residence requesting registration and enforcement of your Arkansas child support order. Make a photocopy of this informal letter for your records.

Step 6

Send your informal letter, sworn statement, official certified copy and one photocopy, if required, of your Arkansas child support order to the child support enforcement agency in your Texas county of residence. Visit the Attorney General of Texas's website, Child Support section to view a list of the local child support enforcement agencies.