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Houston-area constables crackdown on child support debtors

On June 28, the Harris County’s Precinct One Constable’s Office initiated a sweep targeting people accused of failure to pay court-ordered child support. A spokesperson for the constable’s office says that so far, more than 40 people have been arrested in what that agency is calling Operation Take Care. The roundup officially got underway at 5:00 a.m. and is expected to last for several weeks. According to the constable, there are approximately 575 active warrants still outstanding.

The official says that the stated mission of the program is to target individuals who are failing to take care of their children through court-ordered child support payments. The highly publicized event seems to be getting some notice. The constable says that several individuals have already stepped forward and tried to make arrangements to avoid being arrested and sent to jail.

Although Operation Take Care is focused on getting to people who have warrants in Precinct 1, officials say that they will travel throughout the greater Houston area to continue to serve these warrants. They say they will even show up to places of employment throughout Harris County to enforce the warrants. The constable encourages people who know that they have warrants to step forward. Those individuals can contact the warrants division and make arrangements to avoid a potentially embarrassing situation.

People who have children and are going through divorce need to understand that nothing is as important as the well-being of their kids. In Texas, failure to pay child support is a serious affair. A person can be arrested, jailed and fined for failure to pay. Occasionally, the courts will make some exceptions. For example, a person who has experienced the loss of a job or suffered a medical condition may be eligible for modification of his or her child support payments. Taking action now in a timely manner can offset potential problems in the future.

Source: Source:, "Dozens arrested in child support roundup," Amanda Perez, June 28, 2014

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