Failure to pay support for one's children can result in criminal charges in some situations. Punishment for non-payment of child support in Illinois and elsewhere can be severe and may even force somebody to spend significant time behind bars. Non-custodial parents who can no longer keep up with their support payments must make a request to modify their payments and have it approved by a family law court in order to change how much they pay.
One 50-year-old man found this out the hard way when he was recently arrested for owing more than $1.2 million in child support for children from two different marriages. He was arrested as he was entering the U.S. at an international airport. The man allegedly failed to pay child support over the span of ten years.
The man lived all over the U.S. and various countries overseas during the time he reportedly neglected to make support payments for three children. The man was returning to America because he had recently been deported from the foreign country he had been living in. In November, the authorities of the foreign country where he had been living took him into custody and sent him back to the U.S.
Although this case may be somewhat extreme since it involves such a large amount of unpaid child support, it does illustrate why a parent should act quickly if he or she is having trouble paying his or her monthly payments to support their children. Many parents may not realize how seriously authorities may consider paying child support in Illinois. Those who are struggling with payments may want to petition the court to decrease their monthly amount of support.
Source: Kelsey Borresen, "Child Support Offender, Robert Sand, Arrested In Los Angeles," Dec. 27, 2012