When a parent in Pennsylvania depends on monthly support to provide for his or her children, a non-custodial parent who falls behind in payments may create a hardship. Child support administrators and family courts prefer to work with parents to insure that they are able to make regular, court-ordered payments. However, when all else fails, the courts may have no choice but to send a parent to jail.
Recently, a man owing $139,000 in delinquent child support was sentenced to six months in jail. The 51-year-old man apparently violated the conditions of his three year probation. In addition to making regular child support payments, the probation also required him to hold a steady job and keep the child support services department informed of his search for employment.
The father had violated his probation twice in the past. The first time, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail, and the second time his sentence was 25 days behind bars. This time, the judge remanded the man immediately after giving him his six month sentence.
Despite the man’s incarceration, the debt he owes will not expire. In Pennsylvania and most other states, any delinquent amount of child support must be paid up even if the child reaches the age of majority. It is likely that the custodial parent is working with her attorney in an attempt to collect the payments. Many parents find that having an attorney on their sides is the best way to protect their rights and the welfare of their children.
Source: mercurynews.com, “Monterey County man who owes $139,000 in child support sentenced to jail”, Aug. 16, 2016