Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: David Martin
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: Floydada, TX
Height: 6' 0"
Color of Eyes: Blue
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find David Martin, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas.
Martin, who was named a Child Support Evader in March 2002, owes more than $290,000 for his two children's care. He has gone
underground to elude officials and willfully avoid arrest on his child support case.
Martin ran a chiropractic clinic when he divorced the children's mother in May 1991. At that time, he was ordered to make
child support payments of $3,500 a month. He did not make a single payment. By April 1997, a Carson County judge found that
Martin owed more than $150,000 in unpaid child support. The judge reduced Martin's monthly payments to $1,500, and ordered
the delinquent father to make a one-time payment of $1,000 by May 5, 1997. When Martin failed to follow the judge's order,
an arrest warrant with a $50,000 cash bond was issued. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child
support, Martin now owes $290,425 in unpaid child support.
Martin may be hiding in or around the Floydada area, northeast of Lubbock. There have also been reported sightings in Costa
Rica. Martin is most likely working for cash to avoid garnishment of wages to pay child support. Contact the Attorney
General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of David Martin.
The Child Support Evaders on the most wanted list are being singled out because they have the ability to take responsibility
for their children, but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who flagrantly ignore a court's order
to pay child support. The Attorney General's Office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring
them to job training and employment services.
Visit the agency's Web site www.oag.state.tx.us to find out about other Child Support Evaders, and to obtain information
about the Attorney General's Child Support Division.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS
• Criteria for a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader:
• Court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000
• Arrest warrant must have been issued for non-support
• Location of non-custodial parent is unknown
• Parent has not made any payments in the last six months
• Non-custodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings
• Non-custodial parent must not be receiving welfare benefits
Because we must make Child Support information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.