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Unpaid Texas Child Support At $11 Billion, One Million Parents Fell Behind

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Nearly $11 billion in unpaid child support is burdening the state of Texas. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

Nearly $11 billion in unpaid child support is burdening the state of Texas. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

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HOUSTON (AP) — The amount of unpaid child support in Texas is nearly $11 billion statewide.

Records obtained by the Houston Chronicle  show that of about one million parents across Texas who are required to pay child support, nearly half fell behind on payments last year by at least a month.

The Texas attorney general’s office goes after parents who aren’t paying child support. Spokeswoman Janece Rolfe says collectors are seeing their caseloads increase and that more parents are applying to have their obligations reduced.

State and national authorities say a fluctuating economy and erratic jobless rates are taking a toll on parents who pay child support. Delinquencies appeared to peak in 2009.

 (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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