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Police arrest father with $145,000 in unpaid child support

When a couple gets a divorce, one of the major points of contention is how much child support will be paid. We've discussed this here in the past. First and foremost, the child support system is in place to serve the best interests of the child. Only after the child's needs are taken care of are the needs of the parent considered. Some might consider this unfair, but children are the innocent victims in divorce and we owe it to them to make the best of a bad situation, keeping their lives as normal and uninterrupted as possible.

Unfortunately, this takes cooperation from both parents and, sadly, that can be easier said than done. Sometimes one parent will try to shirk his or her responsibilities and try not to pay child support. Often, this means missing one or two payments. Other times, parents can become so delinquent that they can be arrested and charged criminally.

One man was arrested on a child support warrant because he had not paid in what must have been ages; he owed more than $145,000. He was nabbed in a child support warrant sweep, which is not an uncommon occurrence. Police departments will periodically cast a wide net of warrants and arrest parents who habitually don't pay.

Of course, if you are dealing with a former spouse who is always behind or simply refuses to pay child support, an attorney may be able to help you get your ex to follow his or her court-ordered duty.

Source:, "Franklinville man who owes $145,000 in child support arrested, authorities say," Bill Gallo Jr., June 23, 2015

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