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Failure to pay child support can lead to incarceration

When a couple has a child, it is understood that both parents will provide the monetary support needed to raise their child. For a myriad of reasons, parents sometimes split up after having children. To ensure that children continue to have the needed financial support, courts will often order the noncustodial parent to pay child support. The state of Arizona is tough on parents who refuse to pay court-ordered child support, and offenders are sometimes subjected to incarceration.

Recently, a man in another state was jailed after he allegedly failed to pay child support. The man is a prominent figure in his community and ran for Congress several years ago. According to reports, the man owed more than $170,000 in child support to his former spouse.

Reportedly, the ex-spouse filed a petition for civil contempt several months ago and a judge ordered the man to pay a total $170,000 in child support within 10 days or face jail time. Reports said the man failed to pay and was recently arrested following a hearing. Officers said the man's bond was set at $170,000, the same amount as the child support, and the man will remain incarcerated until he pays the amount owned to his former spouse.

When a parent fails to make child support payments, it is the children who ultimately suffer. Legal action can be taken if an individual does not pay court-ordered child support. Those in Arizona who have questions regarding child support laws could benefit from discussions with a knowledgeable family law attorney.

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