This blog recently discussed child support enforcement resources and child support modification options as well. A Mississippi man was recently jailed for failure to pay child support. The man owes $223,000 in unpaid back child support. The 50-year old man was recently arrested for contempt of court. He and his ex-wife were married for 16 years and divorced in 2004 with 3 children. Both are from Mississippi.
Though the child support order was from a nearby state, the man moved to Mississippi after his first pay check was garnished to try to avoid his child support obligations. The man has allegedly been employed by his family's trucking company for years. The man's ex-wife eventually also moved back to Mississippi and was on a public assistance program at one point to support the children. In 2012, a Mississippi court ordered the man to pay $152,298.63 in child support. When the man did not appear for court, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Including interest, the man now owes $223,776.65 in unpaid child support. The man paid $116 in November towards the outstanding amount of child support owed.
The man was recently arrested for contempt of court for failure to pay child support and, according to the representative for his ex-wife, will need to make a good faith and sizeable payment to be released from jail. Child support obligations should be taken seriously and should never be simply ignored. When a parent is having difficulty making child support payments, the family law process provides resources that may be available to help them including the possibility of a child support modification.
In certain circumstances, a child support modification may be possible but remaining current on child support obligations is vital for parents seeking to avoid the potential penalties and consequences associated with child support enforcement. The family law system is available to help parents and families on all sides of a child support situation and help address their concerns which is why parents should be familiar with how it works.
Source: USA Today, "Man jailed for owing $223K in back child support," Sarah Fowler, Feb. 9, 2017