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Man arrested for owing $139,000 in child support

Monday, December 11, 2017

Courts do not relish sending parents to jail. In fact, when it comes to failure to pay child support, the state of Texas may provide many opportunities for a parent to catch up and fulfill his or her responsibilities. In most cases, serving time behind bars is a last resort for parents who refuse to pay what the court has ordered. One man in another state is now serving time after falling behind on his obligation.

Recently a man was arrested for failure to pay $139,000 worth of child support. This was the third offense for the 51-year-old man. Previously, he had served 10 days after his first arrest and 25 days for a second violation.

The man had been given probation with the conditions that he make regular child support payments, find and maintain a job and report regularly to the Department of Child Support Services. When he violated that probation, he was arrested. He was sentenced to six months in jail and immediately taken into custody.

Paying child support may be difficult, especially if a person is supporting more than one child. In Texas, when parents do not make mandated payments, the courts may garnish wages, seize property or withhold tax refunds. Non-paying parents also risk losing their driver's licenses. Whether a parent is unable to make support payments or fighting to get support from a co-parent, contacting an attorney may be a wise decision. A family law attorney with experience in Texas child support issues will work to protect the rights of the struggling parent.

Source: mercurynews.com, "Monterey County man who owes $139,000 in child support sentenced to jail", Aug. 16, 2016

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