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POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:35pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 3:59pm

EL PASO- In ordinary language, it’s called being a deadbeat dad. Police arrested former El Paso city representative Paul Escobar on charges that he's behind almost 80 thousand dollars in child support payments.

Court documents show Escobar went 30 months without making a single payment, and other months paying only part of the amount to his ex-wife.

The El Paso County Domestic Relations Office took its evidence to a judge, and the judge held Escobar in contempt.

Attorney Ouisa Davis over-looks all child support cases at El Paso's Domestic Relations Office.

She says often times, parents who fail to pay child support don't take the law seriously.

"The judge can put you in jail that day, or enter interim order to try to get you into compliance. In most cases, as in some of the recent cases, that has been done over and over again, and people still do what they want to do,” said Davis.

Davis says some people get angry with an ex-spouse or hold a grudge against them by failing to pay and that can be a very bad choice.

“If you don't pay your child support, you will go to jail. I think that is something people need to recognize. This is not something that can be negotiated between parties. It is an order of the court,” said Davis.

If someone attempts to hide their income or assets from the court, Davis says it is only a matter of time before they find it.

"Any property you own, any bank account, believe me we will seize it. We will file leans against it. We will take any money you have, and if you transfer your money to a third party who is unrelated. We will trace it,” said Davis.

Davis says as a parent, you have a responsibility to take care of your children. Refusing to do so, leaves the burden on the other parent.

"I think it's very sad when we see people who do not pay their child support. The custodial parent bares the full expense of raising a child that two people brought into this world,” said Davis.

Escobar was released from jail Thursday afternoon. We've called Mr. Escobar's attorney and are waiting for his comments on the case.
 

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The practice by our government officials and their crony lawyers, of kidnapping children from their fathers in order to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom, is vile and immoral.

This despicable practice will come to be viewed one day SOON as one of America's greatest crimes. Take it from me, I know what I speak of. We need more men to stand up to the corrupt system and refuse to pay mammon.

Child Support should be outlawed. Involuntary Servitude was outlawed years ago and anyone that wants to side with the feminist gold diggers should move to another country.

If you can not raise your children with your own money, don't come running after your divorced partner. First responsibility of a parent is to assume self sufficiency and not lean on the ex-partner in order to survive. There will be a lot less injustice toward children, when the government starts to take responsibilities for passing quick judgments favorable to the mothers. Stop separating fathers from their children and claiming a 1 sided financial burden.

If you can not raise your children with your own money, don't come running after your divorced partner. First responsibility of a parent is to assume self sufficiency and not lean on the ex-partner in order to survive. There will be a lot less injustice toward children, when the government starts to take responsibilities for passing quick judgments favorable to the mothers. Stop separating fathers from their children and claiming a 1 sided financial burden.

In response to Please, "You must be paying child support and hate every penny of it" Stupid to say single moms can support the children themselves. Seriously, you must be a very vindictive person who would rather spend money on their new partners rather than their children. Don't judge before you know the facts and STOP CRYING ABOUT IT! As for Deadbeat Dad Escobar, he will most likely get away with it. But I hope the courts uses him as an example and he gets the punishment that is due him.

I decided to keep my daughter. She is my responsibility. I dont need handouts from the government or a man to make a living. You dont know Mr. Escobar personally so you cannot judge him. Maybe you are money hungry yourself? I know many mothers who do not even bother using that money for their children. They dont even take care of their own children. So these mothers need to be made an example to society also.

webster1027 I am a single mother who works for my child. If men dont want to pay child support and see their children then please leave our lives. If I can do it on my own so can any other mother.

Come on people. She waits this long to take it to court? Seriously, there are very vindictive people out there. Don't judge before you know the facts. And for single moms, its not impossible for you to take care of your children on your own. Stop crying about it...

The court should hold a public auction and sell off everything this slug owns and give the proceeds to the child/benefactor, and keep his sorry carcass locked up until it is complete. I remember when Escobar was on the city council, and he was there strictly for his own social agenda anyway!

30 months!! Try 51 months without a single penny and the DRO has done NOTHING!!! It is a money sucking entity!!

stupid man !

2667 a month in Child support???? You have to be kidding to .... Child support laws in the United States are the most racist in the world in regards to the fathers.

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