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Texas counties arrest dozens of parents on child support warrants

When a couple with children in San Antonio decides to divorce the battle over how much the non custodial parent will pay in child support often leads to disagreement. However, even when a judge orders a parent to pay a certain amount in child support that doesn’t always mean that the parent complies, which can lead to financial problems for the custodial parent and child.

Several counties in South Texas recently came together in a crackdown on delinquent child support payments. Together officials in the five counties arrested 152 parents who have violated court orders, which require them to pay child support. According to reports, each of the parents arrested faces up to six months behind bars. Any cash bond that is paid by a delinquent parent in order to be released will in turn be paid to the custodial parents and children to whom the child support is owed.

Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. “By collecting child support, we are ensuring young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong.” Reportedly, the Office of the Attorney General had collected more than $3.6 billion across the state by the end of August.

It is important to realize that when a parent has been ordered to pay child support but fails to do so then he or she could be ordered to spend time in prison. There are also other possible legal methods that a judge may use to enforce payment, like garnishing a person’s wages. Anyone who is having trouble receiving child support payments may want to speak with an experienced child support lawyer.

Source: KVEO-TV “Local authorities conduct child support warrant roundup resulting in 152 arrests,” Nov. 26, 2013.

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