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Deadbeat Moms: Child Support Offenders in Arizona

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 can occur. 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 family law attorney. Contact us today to consult a lawyer.