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Incorporating Shared Parenting into Title IV-D. Michael Hayes – Deputy for Family Initiatives. State Public Policy As Guide. The public policy of this state is to:

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Incorporating shared parenting into title iv d

Incorporating Shared Parenting into Title IV-D

Michael Hayes – Deputy for Family Initiatives


State public policy as guide
State Public Policy As Guide

The public policy of this state is to:

  • Assure that children will have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child;

  • Provide a safe, stable and nonviolent environment for the child; and

  • Encourage parents to share in the rights and duties of raising their child after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage. (Texas Family Code 153.001)





Broad approach to shared parenting services
Broad approach to shared parenting services

  • Access and Visitation Hotline

    • Toll-free, legal education line for noncustodial and custodial parents

      • Companion legal web site www.txaccess.org

  • A&V On-line Directory

    • A&V providers by county/services—on IV-D staff desktops

      • https://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/access/

  • Grants to community-/faith-based organizations and local governments

    • Services include: co-parenting education, mediation, supervised visitation, and legal assistance for enforcement

  • Shared Parenting Project

    • On-site facilitator at two Child Support units to resolve parenting disputes

  • Parenting Order Legal Clinics - 25 sites

    • Monthly legal clinics for parents with IV-D child support orders

  • Publicationsdesigned to promote cooperative parenting

    • “For Our Children”

    • “My Sticker Calendar”

    • “Know Before Your Go”


Resources for iv d staff for referrals
Resources for IV-D staff for referrals

Texas Access and Visitation Hotline

Texas Access and Visitation Provider Map




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