Don't mess with Texas if you are a child support evader. According to Texas AG Greg Abbott, if a non custodial parent becomes a child support evader and fails to pay child support, the Child Support Division can make that parent pay.
Some of the tactics that the Texas Child Support Division can use are deducting the child support from the non custodial parent's paycheck directly, intercepting federal income tax refund checks or lottery winnings, filing liens on that parent's property, suspending their licenses, and filing a lawsuit against the parent. That child support evader can also be sentenced to jail.
According to Fox News, a top ten child support evader in Texas has been arrested for failing to pay $127,000 in child support as ordered by the court. Fox News reports that officers were able to arrest Billy Fleming at his house on April 30 after conducting surveillance. Mr. Fleming has three sons in Texas City, and has been ordered to pay child support since 1991. He was initially given a warning for his years of noncompliance by a Galveston judge, but then judge then ordered a warrant for his arrest after Mr. Fleming failed to take heed of his warning.
In addition to Mr. Fleming, two other child support evaders from the Top Ten list have been arrested since last month.
Child support evaders should view arrest as a last resort. It is sometimes easier to consult with a Houston family law attorney in order to see if there is another way. Texas family law attorneys can help you reduce child support payments if you have fallen on hard times, been laid off, or are simply unable to financially provide for the payments.
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