When someone is ordered to pay child support by a court, that order is to be viewed in the same light as any court order. Therefore, if someone does not follow it such an act could be and often is considered a crime that can lead to serious fines and even jail time. That is the case in Kentucky as it is just about anywhere else, but recently a ‘creative’ form of punishment for those who have failed to pay child support has been attempted.
This form of punishment is basically public humiliation, where people who are in jail for failing to pay child support were given a choice of having their jail time reduced if they agreed to stand on a sidewalk corner with a sandwich sign that said, “I Do Not Pay Child Support”. Three people agreed to do this for four hours per day for 10 days so that their sentences could be suspended. At this point, there have not been any incidents that have put anyone in danger, and the people involved have cooperated.
As would be expected, this idea has generated a strong reaction both in support of this form of punishment and against it. Supporters state that those who do this will not crowd the jails and will likely work to bring their child support current. Those who oppose this idea believe that public humiliation is not a proper way to handle a serious problem.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Clearly, those who do have difficulty paying their child support obligations will face serious issues if they do not take proactive steps to resolve these problems before the law decides how they will be handled. Anyone who is in this type of trouble needs to act immediately so that the problems they face do not become worse.
If you are facing the possibility of having to deal with an issue regarding support, seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for husbands and fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.