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Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad, Formerly of FL, Arrested

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Wednesday, December 26, 2012.

Failure to pay child support may occur, but custodial parents have many methods to collect support that is owed to them.

The man at the top of the U.S. Inspector General's Office's "Most Wanted Deadbeat" list, who once lived in Florida, has been arrested. The man owes more than $1.2 million in child support that he has failed to pay for years after fleeing abroad. The man was first required to pay child support in 1996 and warrants were subsequently issued for his arrest in 2000, 2002 and 2010. The man had sometimes used fake passports to travel internationally while evading his child support obligations for his three children resulting from two marriages.

Those who are delinquent on child support payments and owe back child support are frequently referred to as "deadbeat parents." Some states and counties, including some in Florida, post online photos and names of those who are delinquent, along with the amount that they owe. Parents who are facing difficulty with support payments can request a child support modification from the court based on changed financial circumstances.

The Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 allows the government to collect unpaid child support on behalf of custodial parents. Initial penalties for those who owe back child support are designed to encourage payment. Jail time can be ordered, but is usually only utilized as a last resort because it will limit payment of back child support. Other lesser measures include wage garnishment, freezing of bank accounts, liens against property, reporting of debt to credit bureaus, contempt orders, suspension of a driver's or professional license and the refusal to grant a passport to those who owe more than $2,500 in back child support.

Although collecting delinquent payments or back child support can present challenges, custodial parents are not without remedies. It may benefit them to understand those remedies that are available.

Source: ABC News, "Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad Arrested," Colleen Curry, Dec. 18, 2012

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