What Happens to Child Support when your Ex goes to Jail?

It would be wonderful if all people who owed child support felt a duty to pay it for the sake of the children. Unfortunately, many people try to dodge it by ignoring notices, moving around, or sometimes even physical violence against their exes.

In Sumter, South Carolina, one man was caught doing just that. He has been arrested for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. The story from the police report goes like this. The ex-wife noticed that her ex-husband had drove up to her house in the late evening. When she went out to investigate, he dragged her by the hair, slammed her against a tree, and put a gun to her head. He told her that he should have killed her because she told child support enforcement officials where he lived.


It is unknown how to woman escaped the situation, but the man is now in a detention center awaiting his bond hearing.


If someone who owes child support goes to jail, that doesn’t mean that their obligation disappears. The court can examine whether or not the incarcerated person has other assets that could be converted into cash. They will be required to do so unless they can convince the judge why this would be an undue burden on them. If the jailed parent’s situation is especially dire, child support payments could be put into arrears until the jail sentence is complete.


For more information about what to do when the person who owes you child support goes to jail or prison, contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC.

STAY UP TO DATE

Subscribe to our newsletters

 
Subscribe to one or more of our newsletters, delivering meaningful insight on topics that matter to you and your family.

FURTHER READING

Latest Blog Posts

Many people find it challenging to get started with estate planning. From confusion about the process to denying that estate planning is necessary, there are various reasons why people do not want to create an estate plan. That said, estate…

After divorce, it is common to experience feelings of shame. That shame could arise from multiple sources, including feeling that you let your spouse or children down or because you are worried about what others may think of you. Regardless…

Estate planning can feel overwhelming, but it is necessary to ensure your assets are in order and your loved ones are taken care of. Establishing an estate plan can also make certain issues easier for you and your family during…

In Washington state, alimony is referred to as maintenance. Maintenance is court-ordered spousal support payments that one spouse makes to assist with the living expenses of the other spouse for a period of time and for a particular purpose.  Maintenance…

The homes. The boat. The investment accounts. During a high-net-worth divorce, the disposition of these and other assets (and debts) may be one of the most significant reasons underlying the contention between you and your soon-to-be-ex, making these types of…

This is part three of our three-part series, “Expecting the Unexpected.” You can read part one on catastrophic illness here and part two on chronic illness here. Estate planning may initially bring to mind the process of outlining the manner…

It seemed like it was going to be just another day. Get the kids off to school, do household chores, go to work. But then your spouse let you know it was over between you, that they want a divorce.…

This is part two of three in our series “Expecting the Unexpected. You can read part one on catastrophic illness here. For many, estate planning immediately brings to mind ways you can protect your assets and retirement funds for your…

When considering divorce, you may toy with the idea of representing yourself. For example, you may think your divorce will be relatively straightforward. Or maybe you consider yourself a savvy negotiator and highly intelligent. Or the idea of saving yourself…

While estate planning is often associated with enjoying assets while you are alive and then preparing for their disposition to inheritors after death, there are more outcomes estate plans can aid in to adequately protect the quality of your life…