My question involves child support in the State of: Texas. In June, I finally received my SSDI as well as the lump sum. I hired an attorney since I had really been shafted in the past by not being able to do so, but this hasn't seemed to go my way either! My x filed for the lump sum for my children, but waited to do so after the youngest had turned 18. Since that being the case, the $$ went to the children and not the X. The OAG in Texas stated that unless the lump sum went towards the custodial parent that it wouldn't be applied to the arrears. My attorney hasn't given much hope in having the $$ applied towards the arrears which would more than cover what the arrears were! My x has routinely "worked" the system to have this arrearage in place to give her a nest egg after she no longer receives the child support. She refused to attend court scheduled mediation to modify the monthly amount (on 2 separate occasions) although she was fully aware of my financial situation, stating that why should she attend when she was only going to lose $$ by doing so?! I was able to get the monthly amount modified back in Novemeber of 2010, but that was after almost 2 years had passed without modifications to the monthly amount and arrears piling up! I am not sure if I should find another attorney who has dealt with SSDI and child support? If I do start all over again will I even have a chance of getting these arrears erased? Apparently in other states this has been the case, but in Texas no such law is on the books. Doesn't Federal law trump state? I am very frustrated and need some advice!!!