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Parent faces jail time if he fails to pay back child support

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2014 | Child Support |

When a non-custodial parent is unable or possibly unwilling to pay what the court has ordered, enforcement officials have options. Child support is intended to ensure that the custodial parent is not unfairly burdened with having to provide for all of the child’s monetary needs. There may be families residing in Arizona who are currently struggling to survive without the needed support provided by an absent parent.

One man who is purportedly behind in excess of $33,000, was recently before a judge in his home state. He had been arrested and was facing 45 days in jail when he told the judge that he had secured employment and would be able to resume payments. This took place on the Monday following his arrest. As the judge placed the man on probation and prepared to free him, an employee with the enforcement agency placed a call to confirm the 39-year-old man’s position. At that time, it was discovered that the man was not actually employed yet.

Two days later, he once again presented himself before the court where it was determined he did in fact have the position with the aforementioned company. However, even though the job was confirmed and the wage garnishment was in place, the judge informed the man that he would face a 65-day jail sentence if the payments for both support and previous court costs were not paid. The future employer had claimed that the previous report was a misunderstanding.

The mother of the children did testify at his hearing and stated that she was there for her children and to aid other parents who are struggling to receive support for their own children. When it comes to matters of child support and custody, it is not uncommon for parents to disagree. When Arizona families find that they are facing issues that are not within their ability to settle, there are resources that can provide the means to seek a fair and equitable resolution to the problem.

Source:, “Child-support scofflaw out of jail with promise of a job“, Mark Gilger, July 31, 2014