A child support round up in Texas has resulted in 18 arrests. A sweep of Jefferson County was conducted for parents said to be in violation of their child support orders. All of the parents involved had warrants out for their arrests because they failed to pay.
The arrests came early and before the involved parents could leave their homes in the morning. The parents arrested face jail time for the child support violations. Any money they use to pay their cash bonds will be given to the custodial parents to whom the back child support is owed.
The child support division of the Texas Attorney General and the Jefferson County D.A. was involved in the case and offered assistance in locating parents who had arrest warrants. At the end of the 2012 fiscal year, over $3 billion in child support was collected by the Office of the Attorney General. Just in Jefferson County alone, $90 million was collected.
Parents in a situation that makes paying child support difficult have legal options available to them. With the current state of the economy and many people losing their jobs, it can be difficult to keep on top of payments. However, if child support is court ordered, parents who do not pay can be subjected to jail time and heavy fees. If a Texas parent is able to prove they have a hardship, they can request a modification of the original order, potentially reducing the support they are required to pay and also helping them get back on their feet.
Source: Beaumontenterprise.com, "Jefferson County parents arrested for not paying child support," Ioanna Makris, Oct. 31, 2012