For many years, the child support system that has been commonly followed around the United States involved taking aggressive steps to collect on past-due child support, to threaten criminal penalties on parents who did not make their payments on time and to even incarcerate some of the worst offenders. However, it seems that some governmental agencies are beginning to take a wider array of steps in order to collect this past-due support, and that includes New York City.
The city has recently announced that it collected a record $731 million in past-due child support during the calendar year of 2011. There were several steps that were taken in order to bring in this enormous amount, including wage garnishments, collection letters and providing the opportunity for parents who owed child support but did not have jobs to obtain job training and help finding jobs. These steps all led to a higher number of payments.
In addition to the collection efforts and the jobs help program, the city also offered a program that allowed the parents to mediate their situations in an effort to negotiate a fair and equitable level of payments based on the income being generated by the non-custodial parents. The city remains hopeful that this multifaceted approach will continue to bring about positive results both for custodial parents and for those who may need some help making these payments.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Clearly, parents who face the obligation of child support need to be sure to take steps to keep those payments current so that they can avoid encountering serious problems as a result. One of the biggest mistakes that a non-custodial parent will make is to simply stop making payments in hope that a solution will present itself.
If you are dealing with a child support order and you’re either already dealing with or about to encounter problems with that order, you need to be proactive to make sure that you avoid more serious problems. Seek the help of San Diego child support 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.