When one parent is entitled to child support payments, not having those payments can make life very difficult. Children have needs and that money is meant to provide for them. Texas parents may be interested in the efforts of one out-of-state county that decided to go after parents with unpaid child support. County officials say that the task force was very successful, but that in the end, it's all about making sure children's needs are met.
The county sheriff's office worked with the local social services department to find a way to hold parents who haven't paid child support accountable. The task force originally formed over a month ago. In just one day, officers arrested 13 people and had 12 turn themselves in.
The sheriff's office collected over $22,000 in the first month alone, much greater than what they took in for May, which was less than $9,000. A representative at the sheriff's office said they intended to serve papers and collect outstanding fees relating to unpaid child support. He also said that once word spread about the task force many parents took it upon themselves to call the police and ask if they could pay what they owed.
If one parent is having difficulty making or collecting child support payments here in Texas, it's not necessary to wait for a task force to take action. An experienced family law attorney can help parents with an existing child support court order or help to create one. It is imperative that children get proper care and there are several available legal options that a lawyer can explain.