HOUSTON A new estimate shows an overwhelming number of child support owed statewide in Texas. According to the Texas attorney general s office, there is nearly $11 billion of unpaid child support to date.
The attorney general s office says the majority of those who don t pay, have the ability to do so, but choose not to.
On the opposite spectrum, there are a small percentage of men who pay child support for kids that aren t theirs. A family law attorney in Houston estimates that there are more than 120,000 men in this predicament in Texas.
A new state law says men no longer have to make child support payments if they can prove the child is not theirs. However, there appears to be a loophole in that law. It does not erase back child support.
Any income, they just take it. I don t understand why. I got documents saying, I ain t the daddy, zero percent the daddy, explained Ray Thomas, of Houston.
A paternity test came back with a 0 percent probability that Thomas is the father of a girl born in 1986.
Thomas said the results of that test weren t a surprise for him, but he hoped it would clear him of the money he owed the state.
He owes more than $50,000. More than $13,000 of that is in interest.
They (are) just going to give you a kid. You know, that ain t right, Thomas added.
The Texas Attorney General s Office acknowledged that it was aware of Thomas situation.