Monday, February 16, 2015
From Dayton Daily News:
Taxpayers end up footing the bill through social services for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in outstanding child support owed. But a new approach in Montgomery County is having success at making parents pay.
There are 140 people in the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court’s felony non-support court — all men. Of those, 35 have warrants for failing to pay child support in amounts ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. The felony non-support court makes it its business to find out why they aren’t supporting their children.
Established in 2004, the specialized non-support court’s docket targets parents who haven’t made child support payments in 26 weeks or more — meaning they are facing felony charges. By focusing on just these cases, experts learned that many times non-payment is merely a function of unemployment, sometimes due to economic circumstances, other times due to addiction, or being a convicted felon for not paying child support, said Judge Michael Krumholtz, who is assigned to the court.
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