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Posts Tagged ‘child support payments’

On the Criminalization of Not Making Child Support Payments

Posted by Curt on Friday, 9 July 2010

If there’s one thing I absolutely do not understand, it’s the criminalization of failing to make child support payments.  The purpose of child support is clear: A monthly payment of some kind is required to ensure that the child has adequate funds.  Its purpose is a noble and important one, but when you criminalize it, even give jail time for failing to make these payments, what do they accomplish?  Seriously, if you put an individual behind bars for failing to make their child support payments, they’re hardly going to be in a position to keep on making more.  How is this in any way beneficial to the child in question?  Back payments hardly do the trick for past payments the child needed but did not receive.

To go even further on the point, many jobs will ask questions about whether or not you failed to make child support payments.  It puts a strike on your criminal record.  When that bars an individual from a job where child support payments don’t matter one bit, how exactly is that helping the child?  If anything it’s actually hurting the child by making it more difficult for the individual in question to meet their child support payments.

What do we achieve by criminalizing the failure to meet child support payments? Read the rest of this entry »


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