El Paso County Sheriff's officials say that they arrested at least 17 people last week who allegedly owe outstanding child support payments, as reported in the El Paso Times. This of course leaves Texas family law attorneys wondering what type of charges, if any, these individuals will face.
El Paso sheriff's deputies partnered with the Texas Attorney General's Office in "Operation Deadbeat 3," an operation that was targeted at people who have outstanding warrants for not paying child support. This is the third time the El Paso Sheriff's Office has conducted a round-up of those who have allegedly not paid child support to their children. Other crackdowns occurred on Aug. 12-15 and Nov. 2-6 of last year. 13 people were arrested in the first crackdown and 21 people were arrested during the second crackdown in November.
A list of names of the people arrested in "Operation Deadbeat 3" have been posted on ElPasoTimes.com, along with mug shots for each of the suspects. This particular operation comes shortly after Attorney General Greg Abbott released a list of the "Top Ten List of Texas' Most Wanted Child Support Evaders." The attorney general has made it pretty apparent that unpaid child support is a huge problem all over the state of Texas.
FindLaw states that individuals who defy a court order by not paying their child support can face criminal charges, and can even end up in jail. However, many Texas family law attorneys say that jail is usually the last resort for unpaid child support and that a judge usually prefers to keep the child support payer out of jail so that he or she could earn income to pay the support.
- What Happens If a Person Doesn't Pay Child Support? (FindLaw's Houston Family Law Blog)
- Getting Your Spouse to Pay Child Support FAQ (FindLaw)
- Contact a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)