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Colorado parents can be arrested for non-payment of child support

By Tolison & Williams / April 17, 2014

When a couple decides to end their relationship, some issues may come about regarding who will have custody of the children. The parent who has primary custody is often the person who receives child support payments. Unfortunately, a number of Colorado parents fail to meet their monthly child support obligations, which could result in being arrested. A man was recently arrested for the 12th time for non-payment of child support.

Back in 2011, a judge ordered a man to pay $5,000 in due child support or subject himself to wage garnishment for four months. Apparently, he did not heed to that warning and he was jailed for non-compliance of court orders. Authorities started surveillance on the home of the man after they were issued a warrant for his arrest. Reportedly, the man owed over $100,000 in an outstanding balance.

Since his balance was so high, he became one of the most notorious parents behind in child support. When someone is behind on child support payments, the court typically orders a certain amount to be paid or for them to sit behind bars for a certain amount of time. At last report, the man is being detained at a county jail facility.

Parents who are ending their marriage or relationship may want to consider focusing on working out child support matters in a fair manner. By placing the needs of the children above all else and making a genuine attempt to work as a team, it is possible to come to an amicable agreement without having a court battle. When a non-custodial parent is having difficulties making child support payments, they may file a motion to reduce their monthly obligation. However, when no attempts are made to fulfill court-ordered obligations, the family court system in Colorado handles these types of disputes to ensure that children have basic necessities.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Man jailed for failing to pay child support for 12th time", Brent Sholtis, April 11, 2014

Tags: Family Law Child Custody

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