Back child support can not only be a frustrating issue for the person who should be receiving the payments but also for the person who owes. If child support payments are not made or for some extenuating circumstance cannot be made, the non-paying party could face serious legal consequences. This situation could leave a parent fearful about seeking help for their predicament. One Pennsylvania county is offering a deal that may help some in this situation.
Montgomery County is laying out a one-week amnesty period for parents who owe back child support. Authorities on the situation say there are hundreds of outstanding warrants adding up to approximately $6 million. Those parents behind on support payment would be able to come forward during this time without fear of prosecution. Payment plans can be arranged to help those who owe make payments and children receive money they deserve.
Officials also report that after the one-week period any parent who did not take advantage of the amnesty could be faced with an arrest warrant. Failure to pay child support could mean jail time for up to six months and possible other penalties. It is uncertain if at this time whether other Pennsylvania counties will attempt an amnesty period for parents owing child support.
Back child support is a financial issue that can be difficult for all parties involved. Children may be missing out on opportunities because the custodial parent is unable to afford purchases due to not having enough support. The noncustodial parent may feel trapped once child support payments fall behind and uncertain as to how to move forward to rectify the situation without facing legal penalties. Having information on Pennsylvania child support laws could be helpful to any party in this type of situation.
Source: CBS Philly, "Montco Announces One-Week Amnesty For Child Support Deadbeats," Brad Segall, May 29, 2013