Most people understand that delinquent child support payments are a problem in just about every jurisdiction in the United States. According to several reports, in California alone, parents are waiting for more than $1 billion in late past-due child support. There are several different ways in which people can attempt to collect on these past-due payments, and one county in Ohio has recently made news for collection millions of dollars in past-due payments.
The tactics that were used in order to collect more than $25 million over the past decade were relatively simple – bringing felony charges against parents who were at least $5,000 in arrears on their child support payments and those who had not made payments for at least six months. County prosecutors working in a special and dedicated unit also threatened to remove driving privileges. Overall, the program and the focused effort has been hailed as a success, as all these millions of dollars have been collected for children.
Other specialized units around Ohio are beginning to either make the same type of effort or they are expanding their existing efforts. To date, several millions of dollars have been collected in at least one other county. However, there have also been situations where the non-custodial parent simply could not make payments and other situations where parents mistakenly cut off payments because they were being denied visitation.
San Diego Child Custody Lawyers
Clearly, being faced with a felony criminal charge is a harsh situation for anyone to encounter. Generally speaking, matters like these should not go this far before some sort of action is taken. The law states that non-custodial parents can make an effort to modify child support obligations when the situation merits such a step, and refusing visitation is not legal grounds for stopping child support payments.
However, the best way to handle any of these situations is to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.