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Dad jailed for failure to pay child support

A man in another state is facing criminal charges for failing to provide court ordered financial support for his children. Not meeting one's child support obligation is something that most states, including Pennsylvania, take very seriously. However, there is no need to end up in jail because of this.

It was recently reported that a 54-year-old male -- who is said to owe $60,000 in child support -- was arrested and charged with second-degree non-support. Shortly after his arrest, he was taken to a county detention center. Bail was set in his case at $10,000 and bond at $20,000, but this individual remains in police custody. He has had at least one court appearance since his arrest. It is unknown if any court dates have been scheduled regarding this matter.

There are many non-custodial parents who are ordered to make child support payments but find that doing so is a struggle. It is not uncommon to experience a change in financial circumstances after an initial support order is written. Those whose economic circumstances have changed have the right to seek modifications to their child support orders.

Modification requests require petitioning the court. Court appearances are generally necessary, and a judge will require proof that a current child support order is no longer affordable. An experienced family law attorney can assist non-custodial parents in Pennsylvania with fighting for support orders that work with their current incomes. Going through this is a far better alternative than facing jail time or dealing with other enforcement options that are available to custodial parents.

Source:, "Chenango County man held, accused of owing $60K in child support", Richard J. Bayne, Feb. 4, 2017

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