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Failure to meet child support obligations could mean jail time

In New York and elsewhere, non-custodial parents who are ordered to financially support their children but fail to do so could face a number of serious consequences. Enforcement options vary, but the most extreme seems to be jail time. Meeting child support obligations is not optional. Those who do not pay may find themselves facing criminal charges.

Recently, a 42-year-old man in another state was arrested and charged with non-support. According to reports, this individual was approximately 12 years behind on his payments. It took authorities quite some time to locate this gentleman. At the time of his arrest, the amount he owed in child support was said to be over $30,000.

Sadly, this is not the first time this individual has been in trouble with the law for failure to meet his child support obligation. He was arrested and charged back in 2012 for the same offense. After this most recent arrest, he is to pay a lump sum to his child's mother in the amount of $15,000. As he has yet to pay another $18,000 plus, he is being held at a county jail.

It is possible for non-custodial parents in New York and elsewhere to avoid jail time simply by meeting their child support obligations. However, things do happen, money may be tight, and it is understandable that some months making those payments are just harder than others. Parents who are struggling to pay child support may be able to seek order modifications in court with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

Source:, "Man arrested after failing to pay more than $30,000 in child support", Dec. 6, 2016

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