AG catches 36 parents in 6 days failing to pay child support in Travis Co.

Kids playing at a summer camp (KXAN file photo)
Kids playing at a summer camp (KXAN file photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a recent sweep across Travis County the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced that 36 parents have been arrested in the past six days for failing to pay child support.

The roundup partnered the Child Support Division with Attorney General Ken Paxton to find parents who are violating court ordered child support payments.

“Caring for your children is the fundamental and moral responsibility of any parent,” Attorney General 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.”

The Travis County hunt began Sept. 17 and continued daily until Sept. 22. The arrested parents are now facing up to six months in jail. Bonds posted for parents getting out of jail will go towards the children who are owed child support.

To avoid arrest delinquent parents can call (512)854-9582. For those who have fallen behind on payments, but do not have warrants for their arrest they can contact Paxton’s office at (800)252-8014 to pay.

Parents who fail to pay by six months or more won’t be able to renew their vehicle registration. Under the Texas Family Code, the attorney general office already has the ability to revoke drivers’ licenses in addition to professional and recreational permits for parents who do not pay. The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin turning parents away who don’t pay in December.

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