While it can be tempting not to pay child support if you are not part of your children's lives, failure to pay can have serious consequences. One man is now finding this out more than 10 years after he was first ordered to pay.
The couple originally divorced in Tarrant Country, Texas, but the mother of the children moved and filed a paternity suit against the man in 2005. In July of that year, a judged ordered him to pay $888 a month in child support for their two children. According to reports, the man was making the payments in 2005 and 2006 but then stopped.
The mother applied for government assistance in the form of food stamps in 2007 and cash assistance in 2008. At that time, the government assumed rights to the child support because the woman was receiving assistance payments. According to reports, the man made some sporadic payments over the years but only when the state garnished his wages or seized monies from his bank accounts.
The children's mother died in 2015, and the eldest of the two children has since become an adult. However, the state is still supporting the other daughter, who will be in foster care until she graduates from high school, at which time the man's support obligation will cease to accumulate.
According to reports, the man had accumulated more than $92,000 in back child support. He pleaded guilty to one charge of felony criminal nonsupport of a child as part of a plea agreement that dismissed a duplicate charge for the other child. He is set to be sentenced on June 17.
Source: The Hutchinson News, "Man convicted of felony for not paying $92,000 in child support," May 13, 2016