A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that a man who abandoned his ex-wife and daughter 17 years ago, disappearing and failing to pay his support obligation, was properly ordered to jail.
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.
In Minnesota, child support is determined using a statutory formula that is based on income and parenting time. There are also Minnesota statutes that provide for arrest or other legal action when a parent fails to pay child support. The father in today's posting experienced such repercussions firsthand, resulting from the enforcement of a child support order.