Most parents do whatever they can to help their children. This includes making sure that they have the finances necessary to meet the care needs of their children. Even when two parents aren’t in a relationship with one another, the needs of their children don’t change. If two parents have a child support order and the one making payments to the other fails to do so, it can have an adverse impact on the children. This is why several law enforcement agencies here in Texas recently joined forces to find parents who were behind in paying their child support.
The operation was a joint effort between the local sheriff’s department, the local police department, and investigators from the Attorney General’s Child Support Division. The officers sent out six different teams to find parents who were in contempt of court for failing to pay child support. Those parents had warrants issued for their arrest. Their efforts resulted in 11 arrests in one county.
The parents arrested could be sentenced to up to six months in jail. If they manage to post a cash bond, the money will go to the respective custodial parent of their children. The Attorney General praised the efforts of law enforcement, saying that it was a way to make sure that children received the care that they require.
Even with this tough stance, the Texas Attorney General’s office recognizes that there are many reasons a parent may fall behind on child support that could be completely understandable. However, that doesn’t change the fact that children need proper care. Those parents who are struggling to make or receive their court-ordered child support payments may want to consult an experienced family law attorney to determine the best path forward to care for their kids.