When Maryland couples and others around the country get divorced, there are many decisions reached that impact them financially. If a couple has children, a major component in the divorce decree could be child support. One party may be required to provide this monetary support for a designated period of time for any minor children. Unfortunately, it is fairly common to hear that an ex-spouse has failed to make the support payments. One county in another state recently arrested over three dozen people for being delinquent in making their child support payments.
The effort required over 40 law enforcement officers and lasted three days as they issued warrants and made arrests. Reports showed that the 38 delinquent men and women owed over $850,000 in child support. Previously, less than $22,000 had been collected in support payments from those arrested. One individual owed over $86,000 in child support. The majority of the people arrested had made no payments at all or had paid minimal amounts.
The officers conducted the operation because many families depend on the child support money for items such as food, clothing, housing and medical expenses. They stressed the importance of reminding those who were delinquent that they have a responsibility to their children. If payments resume, the children involved will begin to get the monetary support they need.
Child support is simply one of the many issues to deliberate when a couple gets a divorce. It is imperative to seek the guidance of a Maryland divorce attorney when going through the legal process to ensure that one’s interests are protected. A trusted lawyer will work with clients to seek the most favorable outcome in the divorce proceedings.