News stories about child support issues, such as a non-payment, delinquent parents, arrests, and high child custody amount and their modifications are not uncommon. In fact, individuals may hear them on a daily basis.
Many of our readers probably follow popular culture, show biz and celebrity news. In most cases, such media reports highlight some controversy, such as a criminal or family law matter that a celebrity is entangled in. Michigan residents may have heard that 18-year-old rapper Chief Keef recently had a warrant issued for his arrest by a judge for failing to appear in court on a child support matter.
Every now and then, people may hear on the news or read in a newspaper that child support enforcement has increased and that authorities are rounding up parents who have failed or neglected to pay their child support obligations. What Michigan residents may not know is that depending on the amount of child support arrearage, the penalties for failure to pay can be very severe and potentially result in jail time.
According to recent reports, a new Cheboygan County amnesty program could potentially clear over 80 separate arrest warrants that had been issued for the apprehension of parents who failed to pay their monthly child support payments and had child support in arrears.
In today's hard economic times many are facing challenges such as foreclosure, insurmountable debt, layoff and an inability to find gainful employment. Nevertheless, regardless of their circumstance, non-custodial parents are required by law to pay child support on a monthly basis. Economic dynamics have changed but laws which govern child support payments have not.