Not bad for one day's work. The teaming-up between the State Attorney General's child support division and eight Texas constables took a bite out of the deadbeat-dad problem according to an official report released the final Monday of July. A total of 22 child-support violators will be held painfully accountable for having attempted to dodge their moral and court-ordered responsibilities to their kids.
The round-up operation kicked off at 5 a.m. The idea was to catch the offenders before they left their homes. The civil warrants that were issued for the arrests can result in violators facing six-month jail terms.
Overall, the state attorney general's office claims they have done well in their efforts to curb the delinquent payments issue. The office claims they have collected more than $3 billion in delinquent child support payments since the current fiscal year began on Sept. 1, 2012. In his office's news release, the state attorney general made a point of mentioning that by enforcing those payments, his office is helping to ensure that the state's children will have what they need to grow up strong and healthy.
Staying on top of one's child support payments is obviously in the best interests of the children and both a moral and a legal responsibility. Circumstances can change unexpectedly, however, and the ability to make those payments on time might become compromised -- perhaps through the loss of a job. It can be in the best interests of all parties involved to seek the advice of those who are knowledgeable and experienced in Texas divorce and child care laws when unforeseen circumstances require a modification in any of the arrangements that will affect a child's well-being.
Source: examiner.com, "Greg Abbott and constables combine to arrest 22 child support violators," Edward Lane, July 29, 2013