Single parents can likely attest to the difficulty of raising a child and/or children alone without the other parent. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania family courts understand the financial and physical burden that raising children can be and often orders a non-custodial parent to financially support with monthly child support payments. Child support payments are usually determined after a judge examines the facts of a case and uses a set formula to help determine payment in relation to the non-custodial parent’s income. For unknown reasons, a man in a nearby state did not make his ordered payments for eight years and recently pleaded guilty in court to non-payment.
The father was arrested for an unrelated assault charge in 2017. After his release, he was arrested for not paying child support. Court records indicate his payments have accumulated to be $26,283.83.
The man pleaded guilty to his charges, but he may avoid jail time. The judge ordered him to pay restitution and to begin making payments on his outstanding balance. He was also sentenced to five years in prison, but his prison term may be avoided if he successfully completes five years of supervised probation.
Custodial parents not only manage the care of their children full time but they often also bear the majority of the financial burden. Parents not receiving their child support payments may find some hope with speaking to a Pennsylvania family law attorney. Attorneys can advise parents about the legal options available, such as garnishing wages or other legal means to receive the court-ordered payments.