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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-05 04:54 PM
Response to Reply #51
55. That IS what happens
If the noncustodial can't pay, he obviously won't. And - as has been noted above - the child will get less money in the interim (long term if he has support recalculated), and nothing will happen to the parent (the dad in this case) as a result, while he waits for an appointment to change the support amount. Yes, it takes up to 60 days from the time he notifies the court in writing to the time the court reviews it. However, the original poster implies that the man is in danger of being thrown in jail immediately if he doesn't pay. The reality is that the mom can't even begin to petition the court for enforcement assistance until he is at least 4 weeks behind, at which point they will see that his request is already in the system.

To answer your question directly, if an intact family of 3 has a dad earning $50,000 a year, and they can't survive a month of no income without impacting the child, I would say the dad (if he were handling the finances) was irreponsible in budgetting his money, and he was an irresponsible parent.
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