A man was recently apprehended and charged with direct child support contempt after failing to make child support payments for 18 years. In Georgia, a child support contempt action can be used to deal with a non-custodial parent who does not abide by a support order.
A contempt action may also be filed in a situation in which the parent is unable to maintain sufficient health insurance. Such individuals can be jailed, fined or both. The man in this case owes $109,781.67 in child support – a sum that he has avoided paying even after being arrested on three warrants within 16 days.
He was initially brought to court after failing to appear at a scheduled hearing, and he was arrested two more times after again refusing to pay. The man is only required to make payments of $300 to avoid further contempt charges. However, his failure to pay child support dates back to 1995, explaining the large amount he owes.
The court ruled that he is to remain in the county jail unless he makes four consecutive payments and becomes gainfully employed or pays a lump sum of $5,000 dollars. If he is unable to do so, he will be granted a six-month leave to alternative housing.
A child’s needs should be top priorities for his or her parents. Children need the support of both parents, and that includes both financial and emotional support. When parents fail to pay court-ordered child support, it is important to hold them accountable.
Source: WTAE, “Sheriff’s Deputies Nab Dad Owning $110k In Child Support,” 13 May 2011