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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 08:55 AM
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6. What do you base that "feeling that they rarely face jail time" on?
I have been in child support courts here in NC for 10 years, I can't think of one time where people weren't locked up for non support. Also, those who didn't show up were ordered arrested under contempt charges and were not released until they paid off the amount owed.

I have to agree with the first poster. There is a father doing what he should and loses his job. What if that family hadn't split up? Those kids would be living on what the dad's income dropped to for the period of unemployment - it's not fair to penalize this way. And while the courts loudly trumpet this triumph in the "best interest of the children" including providing an attorney to bring each case of non support on behalf of the custodial parent so that they don't even have to take the time to go to court - the non paying parent is responsible for that bill also. Even when it turns out that the payments have been made (many times through income withholding) and the state took months in some cases to apply it to the proper account. And when the custodial parent refuses to comply with the rest of the court order about things like visitation - tough, go hire a lawyer, spend more thousands and try to force compliance.

If the courts were really worried about the best interest of the children, they'd make visitation and support tied together and get out of the debt collection process. As it stands, they mask what they really do as being best for the kids, when all along it's set up to make sure that the kids don't become some welfare burden for the state to pay for - if there was anything else as close to "debtors prison" in this country, I don't know what it is.
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