In re: B.N.A.

Appellee's Brief


The Texas Attorney General is attempting to consolidate all child support collection through its state disbursement unit. The Attorney General says that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) requires central collection of child support, on pain of losing federal funds. However, some child support - such as the child support in this case - can be collected through the Guardian Ad Litem.

In this case, the trial court ordered the Attorney General to remit child support payments to the Guardian Ad Litem and to cease attempting collection on its own. The Attorney General issued a withholding order in violation of the trial court's order. The trial court assessed attorney's fees against the Attorney General for expenses incurred in having the withholding order lifted. The Attorney General appealed.

Attorney Lawrence J. Praeger, of Dallas ( tried the case and co-authored the brief.

Personal information has been redacted from this brief, especially in the statement of facts, to protect the parties' privacy.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | State, 5th Circuit, Texas | United States

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