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States are getting tough on people who fail to pay child support

Child support is one of the many topics to deal with when couples are getting a divorce or are no longer together and they have children to take care of. Sometimes, couples can work out a payment schedule that is suitable for the parties involved and that addresses the needs of the child needing support. However, if an amicable child support solution is not reached, the courts then get involved and make determinations about who will pay child support and how much.

Unfortunately child support is one of the situations where the courts find themselves in the middle. Court involvement ensures that the child's needs are met. That is not to say that just because the court is involved, people will always pay the child support they are supposed to pay when they are supposed to pay it. In one state, for instance, the prosecutor's office is taking a different approach in handling all of the deadbeats out there who are not paying child support. In clearing up the backlog of child support cases, prosecutors will lay felony charges upon anyone who owes $1,000 or more in delinquent payments.

In most states, addressing child support is an issue. In Michigan as well as other places, getting people to pay child support is a struggle because there are a number of ways to circumvent the process. For example, people who know they have to pay child support may take jobs that are off the books so that their income is not reported. In doing this, that person can then tell the court that they can't pay the support payments because they are unemployed.

Recognizing that child support needs to be paid and in a timely fashion, state governments are buckling down on finding those people who are avoiding payments and punishing them for their infractions.

Source: Daily Reporter, "Last stage of child support effort starts", Noelle Steel, Jan. 17, 2013

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