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How is a person classified as a child support evader in Texas?

Child support enforcement is treated very seriously in Texas, and those who do not adhere to the terms of a support agreement are in danger of running afoul of the law if they don't meet their obligations. There are certain tactics that the state will use to make certain that a supporting parent pays the custodial parent what is owed. One is to place the non-paying parent on a list of child support evaders to identify and catch them.

The Office of the Attorney General of the state has a program that identifies parents who are being pursued for delinquent payments. The photographs of the parents who are not making the required payments will be on display in locations both public and private. Many different outlets are used to identify these parents and to make certain they are known for their failure to make the proper payments. The public is encouraged to look at these parents, be able to identify them and to contact law enforcement as to their whereabouts.

In order for a supporting parent to be included in the child support evader program, he or she must be delinquent in support for more than $5,000, have had an arrest warrant issued, be in the process of avoiding being arrested, not have made the payments necessary for the previous six months and not be in the middle of a bankruptcy proceeding or receiving welfare. The custodial parent is required to sign a confidentiality waiver for certain issues in the case to be shared with the public. There must be a photograph of the supporting parent available.

There are numerous strategies that the state will use to try and ensure the payments are made. If a parent is not receiving what he or she is supposed to, it is imperative that the law is understood and the proper steps are taken to get what is owed. Speaking to a legal professional experienced in child support issues can be the first step.

Source: texasattorneygeneral.gov, "Child Support Evaders," accessed on Oct. 27, 2015

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