We have seen many different efforts made across the United States with regards to finding parents who are not remaining current on their child support payments, and many of these techniques involve aggressive collection efforts, the potential for jail time and even some new programs designed to help those who are behind. However, it seems that Australia is also dealing proactively with parents who are not current with their child support obligations, and at least one effort is creating controversy.
Specifically, the Australian government has been employing spies or private detectives in order to track down parents who are delinquent in their child support obligations. These private detectives were unleashed with the purpose of finding the 64 worst offenders with regards to the amount of child support owed. The government was only granted this level of enforcement power in 2009, and their response is that this tactic is only used as a last resort.
In addition to the explanation regarding the last resort, the government has also cited a troubling growth in the amount of child support that is not being paid over the past couple of years. In Queensland alone, parents delinquent on their child support payments collectively owe nearly $300 million, which is closely equivalent to the American dollar in terms of value. This represents a 20-percent growth since 2010.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
While the State of California is not known to take this type of a drastic step with regards to delinquent child support payments, the information above goes to show how far some governments will go in order to bring these obligations current. Anyone in this area who is facing problems regarding child support payments should still be proactive in dealing with the situation before it becomes more of a problem.
If you find yourself in this position, you need to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been helping fathers handle problems regarding these payments successfully for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.