Pennsylvania readers may be aware of a recent initiative by the U.S Department of Justice aimed at locating some of the nation's most notorious parents. The effort has received a wide range of media coverage, as federal resources are spent trying to locate and arrest parents who are significantly behind on their child support obligations. While the details of this case are far and beyond those of the average parents, the story does send a message to all parents concerning the serious nature of child support violations.
The father in this case is a 50-year-old man with two adult daughters. He initially received a court order for child support in 1995; in 2002, a federal arrest warrant was issued against him for failure to pay. The U.S. Department of Justice recently named the man as their 'Most Wanted Deadbeat Parent.'
He was subsequently located and arrested, and is now facing prosecution on federal charges in relation to his failure to pay. The amount of his obligation to his children and ex-wife is estimated at $1 million, which the man does not contest. His attorney is currently working on obtaining a plea deal that would allow him to remain out of jail and working to pay back that debt.
For most Pennsylvania parents, failure to pay their child support is the direct result of a financial hardship. In such cases, the best course of action is to take immediate steps to address the issue. In situations in which a parent loses a job or has other significant financial hardship, it is possible to approach the courts and ask for a modification in the existing child support order. Doing so will give the non-custodial parent the breathing room needed to regain financial stability, while also avoiding the punitive measures that can come from attempts to claim past due child support.
Source: upi.com, "'Most Wanted Deadbeat' parent arrested," Dec. 31, 2012