Child Support Roundup Summons 14 Parents
EL PASO — A total of 14 parents were arrested for failing to pay court-ordered child support in law enforcement agencies' latest roundup effort.
Authorities said Thursday's sweep focused on parents who were subjects of arrest warrants and wanted for contempt of court because of their failure to pay child support. The operation kicked off at 3 p.m. Thursday when Sheriff Wiles dispatched teams of law enforcement officers to work into the night to arrest the noncompliant parents. Child Support Division investigators assisted the sheriff by providing logistical assistance to locate wanted parents.
“Parents have a moral and legal obligation to make regular child support payments,” Attorney General Abbott said. “By collecting child support, we are ensuring young Texans have the resources they need to grow healthy and strong.”
Delinquent parents arrested on civil warrants face up to six months in jail, the agencies said. Cash bonds posted by delinquent parents seeking release from jail are paid to the custodial parents and children who are owed back child support.
Officials said parents who have outstanding warrants can avoid the embarrassment of arrest at their home or work by contacting the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments—but are not subject to warrants for their arrest—should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.