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Not honoring child support obligations may lead to jail in Texas

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

El Paso residents should be aware that failure to pay child support is taken very seriously in the state of Texas. A large roundup of parents said to be delinquent on child support payments brought 24 arrests in a single day. The sweep effort focused solely on those who had outstanding warrants for failing to meet their child support obligations. Working in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division, several counties across Texas participated in the campaign.

The Texas Attorney General emphasized that child support is a moral and legal obligation of parents, and by collecting delinquent payments, the state is ensuring that young children in Texas are able to have the resources they need to be healthy.

The counties involved in the recent campaign were Gregg, Orange and Van Zandt. Since the roundup began toward the end of March, a total of 34 parents have been arrested. These parents face a potential punishment of up to six months in jail, and the money parents post to get out of jail goes directly to the custodial parents and children for whose benefit the child support is owed.

Throughout the entire state, the Attorney General's Office has collected over $3 billion in child support for fiscal year 2011. Parents who are delinquent in child support but do not have a civil warrant for their arrest may benefit from contacting the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division to make payment arrangements. Additionally, those whose financial circumstances have changed may be able to seek a modification of future support payments. Such a modification can also send a message to the custodial parent that the non-custodial parent still has the best interests of the child in mind.

Source: mykpxi.com, "Child Support Roundup," March 27, 2012

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