This bill looks to be the rare bipartisan bill primarily sponsored by a right wing Republican that is actually a good idea. Representative Tim Dukes’ HB65 would require any person who owes child support to advise their attorney or insurance carrier of that fact if and when they receive monetary awards in the form of a court settlement, verdict, judgment, or under a worker’s compensation award.
This bill then directs the attorney, insurance carrier or other paying agent to pay the proceeds up to the arrears owed to DCSS to satisfy any outstanding child support owed to the child’s custodian. If child support arrears or retroactive support is owed, the lien, up to the amount of child support arrears or retroactive support owed, must first be paid before any funds (excluding the first $1,000 of net proceeds) may be released to the prevailing party.
My only problem with this bill is trusting the person who owes child support to inform his attorney or insurance carrier. If they already owe child support and aren’t paying, why would the deadbeat feel conscientious enough to be inform his attorney. I’d rather have a database that courts, attorneys and insurance companies must check first before dispersing funds.
SPONSORS: Dukes, Henry, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Simpson, Briggs King, Hensley, Keeley, Longhurst, Paradee, Ramone, Wilson
HISTORY: Assigned to the House Health & Human Development Committee on 3/9/17.
STATUS: Tabled in Committee on 3/29/17