In Texas, as has been mentioned before, child support is a big deal. Those who are ordered to pay child support are expected to make the monthly payments, no questions asked. If they do not pay child support, they can be arrested and spend up to six months to jail. Furthermore, police officers are more than willing to round up those who have not been actively paying for their children.
Just ask the 40 parents who were recently arrested for not paying child support. During yet another round-up to find parents who had not been paying their court-ordered child support, the Texas attorney general's office arrested 40 parents after combing through a 12-county area looking for parents who were delinquent. Once located, the individuals were arrested on charges of violating court orders for child support.
Nevertheless, sometimes child support can be very difficult to pay in these tough economic times. For those parents who are struggling to make ends meet, child support obligations can quickly become a daunting task. For parents barely surviving on a meager paycheck, the Attorney General urges the parents to call their office, in which it might be possible to come up with a temporary solution without harming the child. Typically, a petition to modify a child support order is appropriate upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.
As these round-ups occur and continue to occur, the focus is said to be on giving a child the best possible life under the circumstances. For those parents who deliberately fail to pay their child support, the consequences could land them in jail. For those who can't afford child support, it is recommended that they take legal avenues to reach a compromise so they may be better able to take care of their children and themselves.
Source: CBS DFW, "AG: 40 Parents Arrested For Skipping Child Support Payments," Barbara Schwarz, May 7, 2012