When parents divorce, the money that used to support one household must now cover the expenses of two. Texas child support guidelines are generally fair and take into account the income of both parents and the number of children involved. Despite this objective formula, parents may sometimes fall behind on their child support.
Texas officials want residents of the state to know if they do not meet their financial obligations to their children, they could go to jail. That message was received loudly and clearly by more than 150 parents in five South Texas counties who recently were arrested for failing to pay child support. The sheriff of Cameron County, where 38 of the delinquent parents reside, called the week-long operation 'very successful." Those arrested in the crackdown now face up to six months behind bars. Any cash bonds posted on behalf of the arrested parents will be paid to the custodial parents and children who are owed back support.