Whenever two parents are unable to resolve their differences, they often split, the result being that they must decide how they are going to care for the child. Generally, this will take the form of joint custody and shared expenses. Typically, one parent will pay child support to the other. When one parent refuses to pay child support, then the government may get involved to compel payment.
Texas has instituted an Evader Program, which attempts to locate and apprehend parents who are seeking to avoid their child support obligations. This post will review the criterion that lands a parent on the Evader’s Program’s radar.
The Evader Program relies on the assistance of the public to identify and apprehend rogue parents. But, because the program is so invasive into privacy, there are several restrictions to ensure that it is only used in serious situations.
First, there must be a court order installing support payments. Additionally, the delinquent parent must be behind in their payments in excess of $5,000. Therefore, you can’t get the other parent onto the Evader Program with an informal support agreement, the court must have reviewed and approved it.
Second, an arrest warrant must have been issued. This means that the police and a judge must agree that the delinquent parent must be found. An attorney can help you determine the requirements to get an arrest warrant for the other spouse.
If you believe that the other parent is attempting to dodge his or her child support obligations then you may want to speak to an attorney. As you can see, there are a few criteria that must be met before the other parent will be under the purview of the Evader’s Program. An attorney can review your situation and help you determine the best course of action to get child support payments going again.