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Arizona man arrested for failing to pay child support

For many people in Arizona, establishing a child support order is relatively easy. Either at the time of divorce or, in the case of unwed parents, at a hearing to establish paternity, child support is ordered at an amount either agreed to by the parties or determined by a judge in accordance with state child support guidelines. The hard part for many parents, however, is child support enforcement. Simply being ordered to pay a certain amount does not mean that the person will actually pay it. Some individuals are very good at evading child support collection efforts and end up owing large amounts of child support.

One man in Arizona currently owes $25,000 for one child in back child support. The man was recently arrested by authorities and a $10,000 bond has been set. The mother of the child told police that she heard that he was going to leave the area after receiving a tax refund check. The police went to his home and the man fled. The man was eventually arrested on a golf course near his home after police chased him down with a golf cart.

The purpose of child support is to ensure that the child's financial needs are being met. These can be medical needs, daily expenses and money for extracurricular activities. When child support is not being paid, it is mainly hurting the child. That is why there are many different penalties for those who fail to pay child support. Individuals may have their wages garnished or money taken out of tax refunds and, as with the man above, they can be arrested for failure to pay child support.

There are also different reasons why people fall behind with their child support payments. Some are legitimate, like they lost a job or had a major medical issue arise; others simply do not want to pay or care for their children. For the ones who have legitimate reasons, they may be able to modify existing child support orders to reflect their current financial situations.

As illustrated above, there are harsh penalties for those in Arizona who do not pay child support. Some may qualify for a modification of their current orders, though, if circumstances have changed. Attorneys understand both enforcement and modification of child support orders and may be able to guide one through the process.

Source: The Republic, "San Tan Valley man $25K behind in child-support payments is arrested after a golf course chase" Mar. 17, 2014

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