For parents in Arizona, the number one priority is the safety and well-being of their children. However, when parents split, it can sometimes have negative financial implications on the family. These days, food, clothing, shelter and other necessities often require financial support from both parents. Child support laws were established so that the needs of children can be financially fulfilled. Those who break these laws can face harsh penalties, including jail time.
In another state, a man who owed thousands in child support apparently received some very serious charges. After a divorce about 10 years ago, the man was ordered to pay child support for his three children, reports said. However, his former spouse alleged that the man never made a child support payment. About a year after the divorce, the man owed nearly $4,500 in child support and was ordered to pay the sum or he would be taken into custody, according to reports.
Instead of paying, the man allegedly left the country and fled to Spain. Reportedly, the man recently returned to the United States and tried to contact one of his children. Police said the man was located and arrested for neglecting to pay child support. The man owes over $177,000 in child support and now faces Class 4 felony charges, officers said.
Unfortunately, when child support payments are neglected, children will suffer the most. Arizona has steep penalties for those who do not pay child support. Those who have questions about child support or the laws surrounding child support are encouraged to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable family law attorney.