Financial problems can affect anyone. In some cases, issues can result in a parent being unable to make necessary child support payments. While some Arkansas residents may think that not paying will help them stay financially afloat, this course of action could instead lead to serious legal consequences.
It was recently reported that a man in another state is currently facing jail time due to his child support situation. The man had apparently been ordered to make support payments for his child, but he reportedly did not make those payments for over 14 years. As a result, he was charged with a felony count of nonsupport of a child. At a recent court appearance, the man pleaded guilty to the charge, and the judge sentenced him to one year of served jail time and four years of probation.
In addition to the jail time, the man was also ordered to pay approximately $30,000 in fees, fines and restitution due his years of nonpayment. The case was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General. It was noted that this type of action takes place when other attempts at resolving child support issues have proven unsuccessful.
When a parent has a problem making child support payments, he or she may want to explore possible options before not paying altogether. In some cases, Arkansas parents may have the ability to seek modifications to their current support order that could make their payments more manageable. If individuals are facing this type of predicament, they may want to gain reliable information on their legal options.