- When it comes to child support in Florida, gender makes no difference in non-payment issues
- March 4, 2015
- Law Firm: Daniel M. Copeland Attorney at Law P.A. - Jacksonville Office
- Many women also have to pay child support. When they fail to make their child support payments, these women have to pay the same legal price that men do.
It goes without saying that both parents share the responsibility of caring for their children. In past years, the mother usually received primary custody of the couple’s children, while the father had visitation rights and paid child support. This scenario, however, is not necessarily the way divorce takes place in today’s world.
Examples of such cases can be seen in many news stories. For instance, a non-custodial mother refused to pay child support. She was charged with two felonies because she did not take her responsibility seriously. She was sentenced for five years for each of the counts, the terms of which would run concurrently. The judge, though, ordered the sentence to be suspended, provided that she follow the court’s orders to pay back all of the child support she owed, and to keep her payments current from that point on.
This woman did finally pay a lump sum of $5,000, and has added $270 a month to her regular child support payments to pay down the amount she owed in back payments. The extra payments are projected to last for a total of five years. After her sentence is over, the woman will be supervised by the court so that she will meet her child support obligation for the remaining years.
Among other similar stories, this one illustrates how important child support is to a family’s economic situation. If the non-custodial parent fails to meet her or his obligation, it hurts the children as well as the custodial parent. It makes no difference if the non-custodial parent is male or female—it is a serious situation. Thankfully, many parents who do not have custody of their children have to work hard to keep up their payments, but figure out a way to support their children month after month. It is, after all, their responsibility as parents.