When people are arrested for and ultimately convicted of a crime, they tend to earn little or even no money while they are incarcerated. There are some work programs in place around the country, but these programs pay well below minimum wage. For people who are incarcerated and who were already non-custodial parents, this can develop into an enormous problem for the obvious reason involving the payment of child support.
Non-custodial parents who are incarcerated are not relieved of their obligation to pay child support, and in most instances child support payments and arrearages will simply continue to accrue while that person is serving his or her sentence. Most people understood generally that this would lead to a problem upon that person’s release, but it wasn’t until recently that someone took the time to study the issue to find out just what type of financial liability people in this position face when they do regain their freedom.
The Family Welfare Research and Training Group at the University of Maryland School of Social Work recently completed an analysis of the average amount of back child support owed by non-custodial parents who have been or who currently are incarcerated, and that amount is approximately $22,000.00. For most people who are just coming out of prison, that is an untenable amount that will never be repaid, and thus the cycle of struggle begins with this type of debt.
San Diego Child Support Lawyers
Anyone who is facing a child support obligation needs to take it seriously for many reasons. Therefore, if circumstances change and the ability to continue to make the payments on time is compromised, that parent needs to be proactive in getting the situation handled before serious legal ramifications become possible. This is a step that should be taken with the help of experienced professionals.
If you are a parent who needs this type of help, you need to seek the guidance 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.