Sometimes, providing for one’s children seems to much to bear financially. When the money simply is not there but one has been ordered to pay child support, what can one do? According to the state of Pennsylvania, not paying is not an option.
Recently, a total of eight men were arrested for their failure to pay child support. These arrests occurred in Montgomery County in the early morning hours of of Wednesday, June 29. Two of the fathers are said to be residents of Norristown, four of the men reside in Pottstown, one is from Lafayette Hill and one is a resident of King of Prussia.
Between these individuals, 11 children have not benefited from the support needed to have their basic needs met. In total, just under $80,000 in child support is owed to the custodial parents. When jail time is used as a form of child support enforcement, those arrested may have to remain incarcerated until they can pay all or a large portion of the arrears.
There are many child support enforcement options, all of which can have significant impacts on one’s personal and professional life. Parents in Pennsylvania who are struggling to make their support payments can help themselves by seeking to modify the amounts that they are ordered to pay. If it is possible to prove that one’s current economic situation simply does not allow one to meet his or her current obligation, the court may grant the modification request. An experienced attorney can assist struggling child support payers in pursing order adjustments.
Source: Norristown, PA Patch, “2 Norristown ‘Deadbeat Dads’ Arrested For Owing Child Support: Sheriff“, Justin Heinze, June 29, 2017