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Attorney General Greg Abbott Names El Paso Child Support Employee Assistant Attorney General of the Year

EL PASO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today recognized Viviana Patino, an assistant attorney general in the Child Support Division’s El Paso Central office, for her commitment to Texas children. Patino was named “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” for the Child Support Division’s El Paso region, which covers 21 counties. First Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hodge presented the award to Patino on Wednesday at the Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference in Austin.

“Viviana Patino’s hard work and dedication help ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to become healthy, successful adults,” Attorney General Abbott said. “A committed and selfless public servant, Viviana stands out as one of the state’s most dedicated and impressive lawyers. We are grateful to Viviana Patino for her commitment to Texas children.”

AAG of the Year award recipient

Viviana Patino

Deputy Attorney General for Child Support Alicia Key selected one assistant attorney general from each of the state’s nine child support regions, along with an assistant attorney general from the main office in Austin. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children. Each recipient demonstrates a desire to serve Texas families, help their colleagues and enhance the Attorney General’s Child Support Division.

Patino, who joined the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division in 2002, is responsible for establishing legally recognized relationships between children and their unmarried parents. As an assistant attorney general, she also works to establish, enforce and modify court orders that require parents to provide child support and medical support.

Patino, a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, was chosen to be the region’s “Assistant Attorney General of the Year” because of her commitment, high ethical standards and willingness to provide guidance to less experienced assistant attorneys general and child support officers.

“Ms. Patino is dedicated, hard working and exemplifies what it means to go above and beyond while working towards the agency’s mission,” said Debra Morgan, senior regional attorney for the Child Support Division’s El Paso region. “She is always willing to assister her fellow offices with court coverage anytime the need arises. Her help is greatly appreciated.”

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families,
including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.