What are child support arrears? Also referred to as child support arrearages, these are the past due amounts of support that accumulate if a Father cannot pay his support in a timely manner. In some cases, Fathers are prosecuted for contempt of court and the result is punishable by what is called remedial contempt. However, the most important and explosive issue in most cases is based upon child visitation, custody and support.
Let us examine each of these decisions carefully.
Although both parents are responsible for the upbringing of their children; in the US, Mothers are given primary care and custody with Fathers being made 2nd class parents; becoming mere wallets with legs. The Child visitation that Fathers are given in the prejudicial family court system doesn’t allow them to become an active parent. Most Fathers are reduced to mere visitors. Children can, at times, believe that their Fathers don’t care anymore when, in fact, it is the court system that severely reduces their time. In an ideal situation child visitation should be discussed between the parents in detail prior to going to court; explaining the situation to the children in a manner that they can understand.
Child Support Arrears
The amount of money that you contribute for the welfare of your child is decided by the court according to each States child support guidelines. If you are late in making child support payments it can, oftentimes, result in unpleasant legal battles, as well as, hostility between the parties. Child support arrears should be avoided because of several reasons but mainly because of the following:
1. In case of arrearages, a court could hold you in contempt for alleged willful noncompliance with a court ordered child support order. You will be assessed civil penalties, interest, as well as, the threat of jail time.
2. If the amount of the arrearages exceeds governmental sanctioned amounts, you could lose your driver’s license and/or passport.
Child support arrears not only have an adverse impact upon your finances, it could adversely affect your kids as well and could very well result in your being disparaged to your own children.
Gaining custody of your kids can be a tedious if not impossible task for a loving Father because of the prejudice that exists in the family court system against men. Even if you demonstrate that you are a more responsible parent than your spouse, oftentimes, women win based upon nothing more than gender bias. Custody battles can turn ugly if a Father is not diligent in trying to seek a settlement as often as possible.
Child support arrears, child visitation and custody are what make people rethink the decision of divorce. However divorce cases in the US have risen to an unbelievable number in recent years It has people questioning the sanctity of marriage all together.
Equal Rights for Fathers Regarding Child Visitation