The terms “deadbeat dad” or “deadbeat mom” are
labels given to single parents who fail to meet their
child support obligations.
According to the U.S. Census, in 2010 custodial mothers received $19.5
billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due (61.5%), while custodial
fathers received $1.9 billion of the $3.5 billion that was due (54.3%).
Jail time in one of the consequences given to parents who are significantly
in arrears on their child support payments. Suspending licenses, including
drivers, business and professional licenses, are other penalties that
If parents are more than three years behind in child support payments,
they may have their wages garnished, as well as funds from state and federal
income tax refunds intercepted. Any lottery winnings or other monies due
from state or federal sources can be taken, too.
According to a recent article, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is drawing
attention to the problem by posting the names, photos and vital information
of the parental offenders online. This website includes information on
nearly 1,200 parents who are behind in their child support payments. These
parents owe back support in amounts from $500.00 to $175,000.
When a custodial parent is owed child support, it can be quite advantageous
to be represented by a Phoenix child support attorney.