A man living and working in Los Angeles was arrested recently for allegedly not paying child support since 1996. The man had a child in Wisconsin and was ordered by the court to pay $563 a month in support. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles and began to make a name for himself as a fitness trainer. He remarried and had another child in California.
The man was arrested as he drove up to an exclusive Los Angeles country club in a Mercedes. At the time of his arrest he had allegedly accumulated an outstanding balance of approximately $250,000 in delinquent child support payments. He was charged with ten felony counts of failing to support a child. If convicted, he faces a potential prison sentence of up to 15 years. The arrest came about through cooperation between Milwaukee officials, Los Angeles police and the U.S. Marshall's Service.
In California, courts make child support determinations based on state child support guidelines. Payments are calculated based on the incomes of the parents and the needs of the child.
Not all parents who become delinquent in child support payments do so because they are dishonest or irresponsible. Often a parent is unable to make the payments due to the loss of a job or other economic circumstances beyond their control. A parent who is unable to make court-ordered child support payments due to a change in circumstances can petition the court for a modification of the order. It is best to seek a modification before one becomes seriously delinquent in payments and authorities begin taking enforcement action.