Parents face jail sentences over back child support
For a parent who is struggling with child support, daily life can be very hard. On the one hand, parents who do not receive child support payments may be unable to provide their children with the care they need in Salt Lake City, or any other part of Utah. At the same time, non-custodial parents may experience financial hardships because they cannot afford to pay child support. In some cases, they may face harsh penalties due to unpaid child support.
Some parents in an Indiana county could soon be sentenced to jail for over two years as a result of felony charges related to back child support. In the past, charges were only filed following requests from custodial parents. Because of the recent shift in how child support cases are handled, several people have been taken into custody and many more could soon find themselves facing prison sentences.
In recent weeks, authorities have filed felony cases against 46 parents who have allegedly failed to fulfill their child support obligations. In fact, authorities are looking into more than 180 possible felony cases in the county and hope that fewer people will fall behind on child support payments in the future.
Sometimes, modifying a child support order is an excellent way for parents to address their child support problems. Following a successful modification, non-custodial parents may have an easier time paying child support, which can be helpful for both parents as well as their children. Anyone who is struggling with these types of issues could benefit from speaking to a family law attorney who has years of experience handling child support cases.