The state of Texas takes the failure to pay child support very seriously. To that end, individuals who get too far behind in their payments could be subject to penalties that include jail time. In fact, in some cases, law enforcement officials may even arrest violators in their own homes.
Recently in Victoria County, 15 residents were placed under arrest for allegedly failing to make child support payments. Teams were dispatched to the resident's homes as part of a sweep conducted by the Victoria County Sheriff's Office working in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General's Office. Those who were arrested could face up to six months in jail.
It is important for parents to stay current on their child support obligations. But sometimes, delinquent payments are due to financial struggles. Those who are in such serious economic straits are the ones who would be most seriously affected by a jail sentence. Any sort of arrest comes with legal and other expenses. But even worse, if someone is put in jail, it could mean the loss of a job, which will only serve to make it more difficult to make payments.
It can be very hard for a parent to get out of a financial hole caused in part by child support payments. However, there are circumstances under which the dollar amount of these payments could be modified.
If you are finding that child support payments are contributing to a seemingly never-ending downward spiral, a Texas family law attorney may be able to advise you on whether you are eligible for a modification of the agreement.
Source: Victoria Advocate, "15 parents arrested for not paying child support," June 12, 2015