You Can Be Arrested for not Paying Child Support

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What happens when a deadbeat keeps avoiding their child support obligations? In some cases, quite a lot. Depending on the state, wages can be garnished, tax refunds withheld, or even an arrest can happen.

Pennsylvania is one of the states where arrests can happen. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office targeted 27 men in an overnight raid for failure to pay child support. Between them, the men owed a little over $400,000 in support for 41 children. The raid only managed to nab seven of them targeted men. According to the police, they perform these raids monthly to get deadbeats to pay up.

Quoting the article:

“We do these regular raids, but we are picking up domestic relations and criminal defendants and fugitives all of the time,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Russell Bono. “Our Warrants Division has been extremely busy over the past year.”

In Washington, it is possible for this to happen if an Order to Show Cause to show is ignored and it had a warning about an arrest warrant (section 26.18.050 part 3.) If your ex-partner has failed to pay and is brought before the court, it may be possible for you to tell the judge what that lack of support has done to the children. If your partner isn’t paying their obligation, contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC. We will help you decide what to do next.

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