One of the most widely utilized areas of family law is of course divorce, and there are few issues of divorce that are more hotly contested than child support. Child support dictates how much money a non-custodial parent is required to pay in order to provide financial assistance to the child and the custodial parent who is raising the child. While many factors go into determining a child support amount that is fair to both parties, money does strange things to people, and it is not uncommon that neither party is happy with the child support agreement.
While there are always the cases of an amicable split in which both parents maintain a healthy relationship with each other and their children, in too many cases, one parent believes that they are entitled to more child support, and the other believes that they are paying too much as it is. Some people who believe that they are paying too much for child support may decide to take matters into their own hands, and simply refuse to pay.
While you may not feel as though you are doing something bad by not paying child support, you have to remember that your child is depending on that money to maintain the standard of living to which he or she has become accustomed. It is for this reason that the law takes failure to pay child support very seriously. For example, four New Jersey residents were recently arrested for not paying child support.
Just because this happened in New Jersey doesn?t mean that Texas residents can just ignore the facts. Texas residents who fail to make their child support payments could face similar punishment. This is why it is important to consult with an attorney to help you with your divorce case so that you have the best chance for receiving a fair child support order.
Source: True Jersey, "Four arrested for not paying child support, says Warren County Sheriff," Oct. 3, 2014