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Unpaid child support adds up, man faces jail for nonpayment

When a California court is determining child custody, an amount is usually ordered for the non-custodial parent to pay child support, based on numerous factors. The court will look at the income of each individual parent and his or her tax status, as well as how much time each parent spends with the child. If a parent subsequently suffers a substantial change in financial circumstances, the individual may need to seek a modification of an existing child support order from the court that issued it. If and until that occurs, the parent is required to pay the amount; if not, he or she may suffer the consequences.

A 51-year-old man in another state was recently arrested because of child support non-payment. Between Aug. 2007 and May 2011, he is said to have made sporadic and minimal payments. By 2012, he apparently halted all payments.

The man pleaded guilty to failure to pay over $90,000 in child support. He also moved to another state than the child for whom he was required to make child support payments. This is a violation of federal law when the person owes more than $10,000 in child support. For this, he also pleaded guilty.

The stress and financial struggle a parent can develop from not receiving child support payments can be deflating. California residents who have not been receiving his or her court-ordered child support payments may choose to speak to a family law attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to help in tracking down the delinquent parent and obtaining overdue payments. When an individual ordered to pay child support suffers a decrease in income, help is available to submit a formal modification petition to the appropriate court.

Source: pressherald.com, "Florida man faces jail time for unpaid child support in Maine", Sept. 18, 2015

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