THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Service of Citation on Title IV-D Agency

The Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division (OAG, CSD) is the state “Title IV-D agency” that is designated under the Texas Family Code, Chapter 231, to provide child support services under Part D of Title IV of the federal Social Security Act.  In addition to providing child support services for parents who wish to obtain or provide support for their children, the CSD operates the State Disbursement Unit (SDU).  The SDU is the centralized unit that is responsible for receiving, distributing, and maintaining and furnishing child support payments and records.  Although Texas Family Code §154.004 requires all Texas child support orders to order payment of child support to the SDU, it is unnecessary to provide the OAG, CSD with notice or service of citation in cases where the OAG was not a party to an original lawsuit, or in cases where the OAG does not have an open case with the parties to the suit.  Notice is only required if the petition requests the establishment, modification, or enforcement of a support right assigned to the IV-D agency under Chapter 231 of the Texas Family Code.

Service of Citation or Notice Required on Title IV-D Agency

The Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division is entitled to service of citation:

  • if the petition requests the termination of the parent-child relationship and support rights have been assigned to the Title IV-D agency. 

[TFC § 102.009(a)(11)]

The Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division is entitled to Notice under Rule 21a, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure:

  • if the petition requests the establishment, modification, or enforcement of a support right assigned to the IV-D agency under chapter 231
  • in a rescission of an acknowledgment of paternity or denial of paternity, if a signatory to the acknowledgment of paternity or denial of paternity is receiving services from the Title IV-D agency.

[TFC §102.009(d)]

Service of Citation or Notice is not required on Title IV-D Agency:

  • in non-Office of the Attorney General cases
  • in non-Office of the Attorney General cases in which the support order directs payments to be paid through the State Disbursement Unit (SDU)

Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division: Service of Citation/Notice Directory

  • The OAG, Child Support Division: Service of Citation/Notice Directory contains a directory of email addresses intended for citations/notices on OAG, CSD child support cases.  (Delivery of citations/notices to the email addresses contained within the OAG, Child Support Division: Service of Citation/Notice Directory does not constitute legal notice to any other agency or division of the OAG other than the Child Support Division).
  • If additional assistance is needed regarding service of citation or notice to the Office of the Attorney General, please contact Jeannine Haws at jeannine.haws@texasattorneygeneral.gov.