Thirteen years ago a Rhode Island man left the state after being ordered to pay $1,430 in monthly payments to his ex-wife for child support. The dad has now been arrested in Michigan and has pled guilty in federal court to willful failure to pay child support. He now owes more than $300,000 for his four children. Former Rhode Island man pleads guilty to non-support charge
Sentencing is scheduled for December 19, and he could face time in prison, fines up to $250,000 and mandatory restitution.
A party who is owed child support from a parent who leaves the state may be able to enforce the child support order under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. If the state where the party is seeking support in still has personal jurisdiction over the second parent, the court can impose enforcement of the child support order. Alternatively, the state can transfer the child support order to the other state where the parent requested to pay child support lives.
Another option for a parent is to file and enforcement of child support request in a court where the other parent now lives or to contact the parent who owes moneys employer to garnish the amounts from their paychecks.
Under the Child Support Recovery Act of 1992, it is a federal crime for a parent to not pay child support to a parent who lives in another state. If a parent is unsure where the other parent is there are state and federal resources that may be able to help them locate the absent parent.
Source: Providence Journal, "Former Rhode Island man pleads guilty to non-support charge," Tracy Breton, September 7, 2012