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Greg Abbott: Child support violaters rounded up as governor's race continues

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Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to enjoy a commanding lead in the governor's race while law enforcement personnel working with his office rounded up several child support violaters recently, according to a report from the Attorney General's Office and the Dallas News. Abbott, who is the top law enforcement officer in the Lone Star State, was leading expected Democratic nominee Wendy Davis by 15 points in a poll whose results were released in November.

The actual general election won't be for about a year when November of 2014 rolls around. Meanwhile, Abbott continues to lead his opponents in the Republican primary by huge margins while he leads the law enforcement officials of Texas. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, is expected to win her primary easily which will result in a head-on collision between her and Abbott.

Abbott's office was assisted by the sheriffs of five Texas counties in the roundup of 152 parents who violated court orders to pay their child support during a one-week operation which lasted five days last week. Called "Endeavor Nighthawk", the surprise arrests began at 5 a.m. Monday and ended last Friday.

Delinquent parents face up to six months in county fails across Texas including Wichita County which encompasses Wichita Falls, Texas. Parents who have fallen behind on their payments are encouraged to call 1-800-252-8014 to make arrangements so they can avoid also being thrown in the slammer.

The Attorney General's Child Support division provides several services including locating absent parents, helping determine paternity and enforcing child support orders.

Angela Ware, an attorney with the Wichita Falls office, said the Attorney General's office reviews automatically child support orders to determine if they need to be modified.

"Sometimes we determine the payments need to be increased and sometimes decreased based on changing circumstances," Ms. Ware explained recently.

It is important that parents who receive notice of hearings show up in court or they can face further legal ramifications.

Abbott's lead of 15 points was released by Public Policy Polling survery, according to the Dallas News.

Davis soared to national attention last summer when she wore tennis shoes during her lengthy filibuster against a bill in the Texas Legislature which restricts abortion rights. Although she was successful in stopping its passage during the special session, a second special session was called by Governor Rick Perry in which the bill was passed.

Abbott supported the bill which is now law in Texas which denies the right to abortions after 20 weeeks.

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