Today, Tuesday February 3, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services issued information about their "Most Wanted" list of deadbeat parents who have not paid child support for at least six months and have been difficult to find.

You can look at that story by clicking here.

What about Lafayette Parish and Acadiana?  How many parents are there who have not paid their child support for at least six months?  Here's a list:

  • Lafayette Parish: 1,842 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • Acadia Parish: 719 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • Iberia Parish: 1,482 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • St. Landry Parish: 1,349 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • St. Martin Parish: 703 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • St. Mary Parish: 950 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.
  • Vermilion Parish: 623 listings for parents who have failed to pay their child support for six months or more.

Want to look up, by name or by parish, who owes child support money? Click here.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier explains, in a press release that, "more than 58,000 parents owe $1.5 billion in child support payments" in the state of Louisiana.

So what can the custodial parent who is owed the money for their child's care do?

If non-custodial parents don’t pay up, they can face penalties including:

  • Liens against the non-payor’s property
  • Seizure of assets
  • Suspension of drivers, business, professional, hunting or fishing licenses
  • Interception of state and federal tax returns
  • Passport denial
  • Contempt of court charge
  • Other enforcement actions

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of any of the people on the “Most Wanted” listed should call DCFS officials at 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and choose Child Support (option 1) and then option 5.

There are six listings for Lafayette Parish where a non-custodial parent owes more than $100,000.