Many fathers and mothers in the St. Louis area are behind on their child support obligations. This is not necessarily because they are bad parents or because they do not want to support their children, but rather because times are tough. Many people are seeing their wages remain flat, or even decrease, while the costs of all of the essentials - groceries, transportation, medicine and clothing - continue to rise. Such conditions can make it very difficult for people to send those child support checks.
Unless parents have equal parenting time and are both earning the same amount of money, one parent will usually be paying child support to the other. The one who receives child support is typically the custodial parent. The amount that is paid is dependent upon several factors, including parents' gross incomes and child support that is being paid for any other children.
Failing to pay child support is something authorities take very seriously. Whether a person is a celebrity or regular Missouri resident, failing to pay can result in jail time for those who are behind on payments.
A 31-year-old father was recently released from jail for failing to pay child support. He is supposedly $50,000 behind on payments, and will be sentenced in early April for failure to support or maintain a child.
Back in August we wrote a post when well-known basketball player Jimmy King was arrested for failing to pay child support. At the time, the former "Fab Five" star was facing a felony charge, which could have resulted in jail time. However, on during pretrial on Friday, King paid $17,248 in back child support, and the case against him was subsequently dismissed.
Failing to pay child support can lead to a number of legal problems. And now, a new website launched by the Office of Inspector General is working to try and catch those parents who have skipped out on making those payments.
While being a single parent can certainly be very rewarding, it can also be difficult. Especially in situations where the noncustodial parent is not paying child support.
Public criticism has erupted on both sides of the fence as a U.S. representative goes through a very public battle over unpaid child support. The representative claims he had a verbal agreement with his ex-wife not to pay child support, and his ex-wife claims that everything changed when she found out that he lent more than $30,000 to his own congressional campaign.