Paying child support is not always the easiest task. Getting a court-ordered modification can be a challenge, and parents often find themselves struggling to catch up after their child support accounts get in arrears. Non-custodial parents should realize that there are resources in Pennsylvania that can help them meet their child support obligations or achieve modifications to a payment agreement. Parents are urged to consider utilizing these options before it is too late and they are unfairly branded with the pejorative "deadbeat" label.
One Pennsylvania man provides a tell-tale example about what can happen when a non-custodial parent fails to pay appropriate child support costs. The man, age 45, came to Pennsylvania from Connecticut in 2009, bringing with him a massive unpaid child support bill that totaled nearly $110,000. Since that time, the man's overdue support has consistently remained above $100,000, which makes him one of the best-known non-payers of child support in the area.
The man has been characterized as a "habitual offender" after failing to comply with several court orders that required him to make child support payments. In 2011, the man was ordered to move into an alternative housing arrangement until he could meet a $5,000 payment minimum -- or he could find a full-time job and devote four consecutive months' earnings to that cause.
In all, the man has been arrested 12 times, most recently in mid-January. The man is still being held in the Allegheny County jail, according to official reports. Experts speculate that the man had been ordered to pay a certain amount, but he was instead placed in custody for failing to do so. That is often considered contempt of court.
Source: The Morning Call, "Deadbeat dad arrested 12 times for failing to pay child support" No author given, Apr. 12, 2014