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Clayton Williams appeals from his conviction for criminal nonsupport. He was convicted on his plea of guilty, and the trial court assessed his punishment at two years’ confinement in a state jail facility. Williams contends in a single point of error that the statute under which he was convicted, Tex. Pen. Code Ann. � 25.05 (Vernon Supp. 2002), is unconstitutional because it violates Article I, � 18 of the Texas Constitution. Tex. Const. art. I, � 18. That section provides that, “No person shall ever be imprisoned for debt.”

This Court has previously addressed this issue. In Lyons v. State, 835 S.W.2d 715, 718 (Tex. App.-Texarkana 1992, pet. ref’d), we rejected an argument that a conviction under Tex. Pen. Code Ann. � 25.05 constitutes an impermissible imprisonment for debt. We held that imprisonment assessed as punishment for the violation of a statute or court order is not imprisonment for debt, even if the statute or court order has the effect of requiring a payment of money. Tex. Const. art. I, � 18 commentary, citing Ex parte Robertson, 27 Tex. Ct. App. 628, 11 S.W. 669 (1889); Dixon v. State, 2 Tex. 481 (1847); Ex parte Wagner, 905 S.W.2d 799, 803 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1995, orig. proceeding). The obligation that the law imposes on spouses to support one another and on parents to support their children is not considered a debt. See Ex parte Hall, 854 S.W.2d 656 (Tex. 1993); see also Freeland v. Freeland, 313 S.W.2d 943 (Tex. Civ. App.-Dallas 1958, no writ). *fn1 Accordingly, we will affirm the judgment of conviction.

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