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14 parents arrested in recent child support sweep

Paying court-ordered child support is an important thing for parents to keep up on. Not only does paying child support ensure that one's children are adequately being taken care of financially, it can also help to avoid serious legal problems in Missouri or in any other state. This is the message one county government decided to send in a recent sweep operation aimed at parents who were behind on their child support payments.

The county sheriff's department recently conducted a sweep operation in mid-September. The sweep, which had taken place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., was aimed at 45 individuals who currently had outstanding warrants for not paying their child support. The sheriff's department arrested 14 people during the operation. Also, approximately $7,000 had been collected during the sweep.

There were a variety of reasons that some of the other targeted parents were not reached. Law enforcement officials reported that some of the addresses on the warrants were not current. Others were simply not home at the time that deputies arrived at their residences. Six deputies had worked overtime shifts in order to conduct the sweep.

This is just one example of what may happen if a parent does not keep up on court-ordered child support payments in Missouri or elsewhere. For some of these parents, it may have been a better idea to deal with their issues with child support debt early on. Many could have petitioned the court for a reduction in required monthly child support payments, which may have helped them stay out of legal trouble.

Source: Midland Daily News, "Midland County child support sweep results in 14 arrests", Kelly Dame, Sept. 17, 2014

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