According to authorities, a Florida businessman has recently been jailed in Orange County, New York for failing to pay child support as well as spousal support worth an estimated $450,000 to his ex-wife and children, who live separately. The businessman is charged in a separate federal case with defaulting on child support obligations in the amount of nearly $160,000. He has been incarcerated in the Orange County Jail. Bail has been set at $30,000.
Child support is an amount of money paid periodically by the paying parent to the custodial parent for their children's financial needs. Child support is generally ordered by the family court. Enforcement matters related to child support are, in general, handled by state and local authorities.
The law hands out harsh penalties for failing to pay child support. Federal law makes child support violations illegal in certain circumstances, when the child support has been ordered by a court. Violation of a child support order can be charged as a contempt of court. Willfully failing to pay support can lead to severe fines or even imprisonment.
New York law holds that a child is entitled to financial support from both of the child's parents. When divorced, parents are still deemed financially responsible for the child until the child reaches legal adulthood. In cases like this, a parent's failure to pay child support may have serious negative consequences as far as the child's best interest is concerned. An experienced divorce attorney may be of some help in such situations.
Source: Wesh.com, "Fla. businessman held in NY for not paying $452K in child, spousal support," May 23, 2014