Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, May 9, 2001


10 Deadbeats Arrested for Delinquent Child Support

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn traveled to Lubbock today to announce the roundup of 10 Lubbock County parents found to be in violation of court ordered child support. Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez began the roundup Tuesday, May 8. Special enforcement operations investigators from the child support division of the Attorney General's office supported the sheriff's office in the roundup.

"With the help of local law enforcement, we will strictly enforce the laws that protect Texas children," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Sheriff Gutierrez assigned teams of deputies to arrest delinquent parents. As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, the Lubbock County sheriff's office was reporting 10 arrests of noncustodial parents in violation of court ordered child support. The arrested parents are required to post bond or they will remain in county jail for as long as six months. If a delinquent parent posts the bond set by a judge, the money will go to the custodial parent and children involved in the case.

Incarceration is used to compel compliance with court ordered child support when noncustodial parents refuse to support their own children. The number of delinquent parents put in jail increased 23% from 1,196 in 1999 to 1,473 in 2000.

Non-custodial parents can avoid arrest by paying child support in full and on time. When a parent can not comply due to the loss of employment or other hardship, the parent should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 1-800-252-8014 to make other arrangements.

Since taking office in January 1999, Attorney General Cornyn has improved child support collections statewide by 36 percent, resulting in a record $1 billion in child support collections last year. Customer service has also improved dramatically. Today, 96 percent of child support inquiry phone calls are answered in less than 30 seconds.

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