AUSTIN (KXAN) - Travis County constables are teaming up with agents from the Texas Attorney General's Office on Monday to track down parents who are behind in the child support payments.
Warrants have been issued for those who owe just a few hundred dollars and for those who are ten of thousands of dollars in arrears.
Authorities will be knocking on hundreds of doors all month to arrest people who have missed court dates and have not kept up payments.
According to Constable Bruce Elfant, the message is simple:
- Communicate with the courts.
- They will work will people and their situation.
- If the courts know you're trying, you won't be arrested.
"Too many Travis County parents are failing to meet their financial and moral obligations to their children," Elfant said. "Arresting parents who owe thousands of dollars to their children is an unfortunate but necessary step in order to enforce court-ordered child support obligations."
Last year, the entire state collected $3.5 billion in back child support.
In Central Texas, $255 million was collected from parents who stopped paying.
Janece Rofe of the Attorney Generals, Child Support Division said, "School supplies, food on the table, the child is ultimately the one who is hurt when a parent fails to pay child support."
Parents with outstanding warrants who wish to avoid being arrested are strongly encouraged to immediately contact either the Attorney General's Child Support Division at 1-800-252-8014 or Travis County Domestic Relations Office at 512-854-9696.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.