Most everyone will admit that parents face many challenges today. In addition to ensuring the physical safety of their children, they must worry about cyberbullying and the prevalence of drugs. Unfortunately, many parents also recognize the expenses created by children. Even those families with two parents actively involved in their child’s life sometimes have difficulty making ends meet. As a result, parents who fail to make court-ordered child support payments in Mississippi and across the nation could face stiff penalties, just as one man from another state is learning.
The man was recently arrested and now faces federal charges related to unpaid child support. Reports indicate that the man was ordered to pay $165 a week starting in 1999 and ending in 2017 when the child turned 18. The 43-year-old reportedly has not made any payments since 2012, putting him approximately $65,000 behind.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the man’s first encounter with such charges. In 2010, he was ordered to serve three months in prison, followed by a year of probation, for similar charges. If found guilty of these charges, he could face a $250,000 fine and two years in prison.
Having a child comes with responsibilities. Unfortunately, the failure to fulfill those responsibilities can have serious repercussions. That being said, there are often reasons beyond a person’s control that inhibit his or her ability to make court-ordered child support payments. People in Mississippi who find themselves in this situation have the option of addressing their issues with the court. By presenting a modification petition based upon evidence of a substantial change in financial circumstances, they may be able to avoid the predicament that this accused man now finds himself in.
Source: Bangor Daily News, "Pa. man arrested, accused of owing more than $67,000 in child support to Portland woman", Beth Brogan, June 2. 2014