Travis County Constable Carlos Lopez led a child support roundup that started on Saturday, September 22, 2018 through Thursday, September 27, 2018. He arrested 25 Travis County parents who violated court orders requiring them to pay child support. The sweep was conducted in conjunction with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division and focused on parents who are wanted by authorities for failing to pay their court-ordered child support.
“Caring for your children is the fundamental and moral responsibility of any parent,” Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “I commend everyone involved in holding accountable those who attempt to evade child support. Their efforts help ensure better care and better lives for Texas children.”
This effort demonstrates the hard work and dedication of Constable Lopez to track down parents who are wanted for contempt of court because of their failure to pay child support. He dispatched six teams of law enforcement officers to locate and arrest the noncompliant parents before they had a chance to leave their homes for the day. Child Support Division investigators assisted in the effort by providing logistical assistance and helping to locate missing parents.
The roundup resulted in the arrest of 25 parents whose failure to support their children violated the law, and these arrests have provided the children of Texas with $22,360 in child support collected.
Delinquent parents arrested on civil warrants face up to six months in jail. Cash bonds posted by delinquent parents seeking release from jail are paid to the custodial parents and children who are owed back child support.
Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not subject to warrants for their arrest – should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.