Divorce can be difficult on children, requiring many adjustments. The battle over child custody may alter their living arrangements, as well as inflict various traumatic emotions. For some children, this may manifest itself in acting out at school or home, behaving badly in public, or constantly being on edge and crying for no apparent reason. There may, for some, be changes in eating or sleeping patterns.
Failing to provide financial support for one's children, even if they are in another parent's custody, is enough on its own to warrant a not-so-nice parental status. However, parents who neglect their child support payments may be hurting more than just their kids. According to a spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, non-paying non-custodial parents are hurting taxpayers as well.