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"Most Wanted Child Support Evader" Arrested in Hidalgo County

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According to the Sherman Denison Herald Democrat, the Attorney General's Office in Texas says that "incarceration is the only option for parents who repeatedly ignore court orders requiring them to pay child support." So, if you owe child support in the state of Texas, it's a good idea to pay the money that is owed so that you can avoid jail.

A 56-year-old man from Denison was arrested last week and booked at Hidalgo County Jail for allegedly failing to pay more than $28,000 in child support for his three children. The suspect was on the Texas "Most Wanted Child Support Evader" list before his arrest. The father was reportedly ordered to pay $408 a month to his three children, but that the man did not meet the child support obligation. The Herald Democrat reported that the suspect's most recent child support payment was only $22.37 and it was paid over five years ago.

This case shows that people in Texas really can go to jail for not paying court ordered child support. According to FindLaw, state and federal governments use a variety of techniques to enforce payments of child support that can include wage deduction orders and the interception of tax refunds. Custodial parents that are seeking unpaid child support money from the non-custodial parent will often contact Texas family law attorneys or the local district attorney to ensure that child support orders are being enforced. It is usually up to a judge to decide if incarceration is an appropriate punishment for a child support evader.

Related Resources:

  • Enforcement of Child Support: FAQ's (FindLaw)
  • Look for a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Child Support Enforcement Resources (FindLaw)

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