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Reversed and Remanded and Opinion filed June 10, 2010.


This is a child support dispute involving two states: Texas and Louisiana. In 1992, a Texas court issued an order directing appellee, Ricky Leggett (“Father”), to pay child support. Years later, a Louisiana court modified the Texas order by suspending current support and canceling outstanding arrears. In 2007, appellant, the Office of the Attorney General of Texas (“OAG”), attempted to confirm arrears that had allegedly accrued under the 1992 Texas support order but had subsequently been cancelled by the Louisiana order. The trial court ultimately denied the OAG’s request to confirm arrears, concluding that Louisiana–exercising its exclusive jurisdiction over the support order–had cancelled all support owed under the 1992 Texas order. The trial court ordered that the OAG take nothing and assessed sanctions against the OAG for its collection efforts pending trial. The OAG now challenges two orders signed by the trial court in favor of Father. We reverse and remand.

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