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Families and tax payers suffer when child support isn't paid

In Michigan, child support is mandated by the courts to ensure that a children are cared for financially. The court looks at all the circumstances surrounding the child support order so that the amount that the court decides on is adequate for the care of the child. In making child support determinations, the court does not want to place anyone in financial hardship; however, the court will not tolerate when people fail to pay for the care of their child.

A recent study was done and it showed that families and tax payers both suffer when there are delinquent child support payments. In 2009, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement reported that $108 billion was owed to custodial parents in back payments. When child support isn't paid, the parents who have custody of the children often times need to go on government assistance. Since the government ends up paying for the care of the child, the government is supposed to be reimbursed that money through those child support payments. Often, this does not happen and about $53 billion is owed to the government in back payments. This is why the taxpayers along with the custodial parents, who are mostly women, suffer financially.

Unfortunately, fathers that do not pay child support, do so by circumventing the system so that they don't have to pay child support. Some non-payers will take jobs off the books or arrange to get paid under the table so that they do not have to report their income and can plead poor man to the courts.

In Michigan as well as in other states, non-payment of child support negatively impacts the custodial mothers and taxpayers. It is important to report to the court when a child support payment is missed so that the courts can take appropriate action.

Source: CNN Money, "Deadbeat parents cost taxpayers $53 billion," Steve Hargreaves, Nov. 5, 2012

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