Vermilion Parish Focusing on Parents Who Don't Support Their Children - KLFY News 10

November 7, 2005

Vermilion Parish Focusing on Parents Who Don't Support Their Children

There is a warning to parents. If you don't support your children financially, you could soon be facing major problems.

Vermilion Parish has over 400 warrants that have a major impact on families through the region.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office is serious about enforcing court-ordered child support. Back in August, we reported deputies would begin tracking down deadbeat parents. But, two hurricanes put that effort on hold.

Now, Sheriff Mike Couvillon wants you to know that the warrants will be enforced and he has a message for those breaking the law

Sheriff Couvillon says the ones that have outstanding warrants for non-support know who they are. He says they should go to his office, turn themselves in and start the first phase, so the sheriff's department doesn't have to embarrass them or their family.

29-year-old Reginald Israel Readom of Abbeville was one of the people arrested Monday. The current sweep includes more than 400 outstanding warrants.

The financial impact on families is severe and affects thousands of children throughout the parish and now, the parish wants law breakers to know the consequences are just as severe.

Sheriff Couvillon says that unless he gets contact from folks with outstanding warrants for non-support, they may be seeing the inside of a jail soon.

The program has three phases.

First, the sheriff's office will immediately execute all outstanding warrants for non-support and the parent will be assigned a court date.

If the parent fails to show up for court, the offender will be re-arrested and his/her name will be publicized.

Finally, if support is still not paid, the deadbeat parent would be arrested a third time and could face as much as 90 days behind bars.

The sheriff's department says it is paying special attention to this enforcement effort, so that parents of Vermilion Parish children under order to pay support will have to face their obligation.

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