District attorneys in Minnesota and around the country are cracking down on parents who are delinquent in their court-ordered child support payments. There are some who brag about their financial situations on Facebook, but when they are not supporting their children, their chat just might be used as evidence against them in court. A failure to pay child support especially while they can afford to pay is a crime in most jurisdictions.
Recently in Milwaukee, some non-custodial parents have come under fire by the District Attorney’s Office for intentionally failing to meet their obligations. The 3-year-old son of one such father is battling leukemia, and for about half of his young life the little boy endured hospitalizations and treatments. His mother reports that the child’s father has paid only $189 in support for his son, but meanwhile, he likes to brag about his expenditures on Facebook.
There are more cases of parents failing to pay child support in Milwaukee, and it is the job of one assistant district attorney there to discover whether it is because they cannot afford to pay or if they are choosing not to support their children. One mother bought herself a nose job instead of paying child support, and a father ordered to pay $100 a month does not pay it, but likes to flash videos of himself on Facebook in his custom car.
Parents who are ordered to pay child support they need to take care of their responsibility. The courts virtually always consider the best interests of the child in cases such as this because a child deserves financial support for his or her every day expenses and medical needs. A divorce attorney can advise a client who is owed back payments.
Source: Fox 6, “Facebook posts get deadbeat parents busted for not paying child support“, Stephen Davis and Meghan Dwyer, July 16, 2014