Child support is a necessary measure taken by the courts to ensure that single parents are
not left to provide for a child’s financial needs completely alone. The law places the responsibility of paying for at least some of a child’s needs firmly on non-custodial parents, even when they are reluctant to pay. Unfortunately, some parents attempt to evade this responsibility. Like many sheriff departments across Texas, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has a Fugitive Apprehension Unit solely tasked with bringing in parents who are delinquent on their child support payments.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has the highest rates of arrests for failure to pay child support than any county in the state. The Texas Attorney General’s Office collects data on child support payment and has reported that Bexar County has 821 warrants for refusing to pay child support, a total of $32.4 million in unpaid child support. With so much unpaid child support in Bexar County and across the state, it is extremely beneficial for police departments to dedicate the necessary manpower and resources to finding and apprehending those who attempt to dodge payments.
What Happens if Someone Doesn’t Pay?
If you are owed money but the non-custodial parent is not paying when they are supposed to or refuses to pay, you have options. An enforcement action can be brought against the non-custodial parent, which means you can ask the child support court to place the parent in contempt of court. This could result in the parent’s arrest or force them to provide the unmet financial obligation. A Texas child support attorney is extremely helpful for parents who are dealing with parents who are not paying child support. To learn more about child support, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, and check back frequently for updates to our blog.
Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. – Lewisville Family Law Attorneys