The state of Texas takes child support obligations very seriously. Aside from the usual ways of enforcing child support (through contempt orders, wage garnishment, withholding tax refunds, revoking drivers’ licenses, etc.), Texas also has a “Child Support Evaders” program.

This program has the goal of locating parents who avoid paying child support. Sometimes a parent will simply “disappear,” and for this reason the usual enforcement actions are ineffective. The first step is to locate the parent.

Texas law requires the state’s Office of the Attorney General to develop a program that helps identify parents who are delinquent in paying child support. The program displays photographs and profiles of the parent in public and private places through posters, news media and other methods. The displays ask for the public’s help in locating the parent.

Does Your Ex-Spouse Qualify as a Child Support Evader?

Your ex-spouse must meet the following conditions to qualify for this program:

  • Delinquent support based on court orders exceed $5,000
  • Law enforcement issued an arrest warrant
  • The noncustodial parent is avoiding apprehension
  • No regular payment occurred within the last six months
  • The custodial parent has not filed for bankruptcy and is not receiving welfare benefits
  • The custodial parent signed a confidentiality waiver allowing certain case information to be made public
  • A photograph of the custodial parent is available

People with information about the evading parent can call 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377).

Your family law attorney works with the authorities to help you enforce child support payments. When you obtain a lawyer for child support enforcement, services may include the option of hiring a private investigator to locate your ex-spouse.

Contact our attorneys at C.E. Borman & Associates and find out how we can help.