November 14, 2013 |
MONTGOMERY County authorities rounded up 18 alleged child-support deadbeats yesterday morning in a predawn raid. The Sheriff's Department and Domestic Relations Office teamed up to track down 37 people with outstanding warrants for unpaid support. Those arrested collectively owe $180,000 in unpaid support for 25 children, officials said. Authorities last summer offered an amnesty program after a similar sweep in June. But this time, they decided, "these defendants had already had a chance to resolve their issues," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
April 15, 1990 |
Delaware County is now going after the unemployment benefits of parents who fail to pay child support. Officials at the county's Domestic Relations Department said only $50,000 was collected from unemployment payments last year. But in 1990 they are projecting collection of $1 million for child support payments. "Parents who are unemployed are still obligated to pay their child support when receiving unemployment benefits," said Anthony Simmons, director of operations for Domestic Relations.
February 4, 1987 |
Elena Romond said that when her husband, Michael, threw his belongings into a plastic bag and left two days after Christmas 1985, she thought he would send her money to support their two daughters. Or maybe he would come back to live in the large split-level home in Washington Township where they had spent most of their 18 years of marriage. More than a year later, he has done neither, she says. Today, Elena Romond works two jobs to support her children, ages 12 and 13. The couple are legally separated, and she has been to court several times to force her husband to pay child support, without much success until recently.
October 30, 1988 |
Lisa Pierce of Chester entered the Delaware County Domestic Relations office and, after a little hesitation, stepped up to the receptionist's desk. Within a few minutes, she was ushered into an office to begin the process of filing for financial support for two of her three children. Office worker Debbie Hume began asking questions and plugging information into the computer. After a short wait, Pierce was given a date for a hearing with the children's father to establish a support order that would transfer the payments from the children's grandmother, with whom they had been staying, to her. "I thought I was going to be here for a long time," Pierce said.
July 28, 1986 |
If there's been a dark island in the policies of the 50 states, it's child support. With rare exceptions, state bureaucrats and judges have failed dismally to force deadbeat fathers to support their offspring. Even the brave New Federalist era of state innovation has done little to stop the dreary litany. Mothers ask courts for relief and get put off time and again. Even if fathers get dragged into court, they persuade judges (usually male) that they're so hard off that they should be relieved of their legal obligations - even when their children are growing up in deprivation.
July 21, 1997
Pennsylvania is among the most efficient states at collecting child support - which isn't saying much. The commonwealth collects $8.20 for every dollar it spends on administration, which makes it twice as effective as the national average. But that translates to a collection rate of only 31 percent. Only 31 percent of Pennsylvania children whose noncustodial parents (mostly fathers) have been ordered to pay support are actually getting the money. The chaos nationwide makes it easy for deadbeat parents to evade their responsibilities by simply changing addresses.
September 18, 1990 |
For many single mothers, the court system seems designed to be just one more heavy burden to bear up under and just one more draining roadblock to hurdle. For women fighting for custody of their children, it is worse than one can imagine. Many newly divorced women find themselves financially impaired, vocationally unskilled and emotionally exhausted. To make matters worse, the former spouse frequently has a higher income and greater resources to mount a fierce court battle. The few law clinics available are nearly always too backlogged and too busy handling other matters.
October 4, 2006 |
Bobby Brown's bad-boy act has landed Whitney Houston's soon-to-be-former dependent in real trouble. Judge Paula Carey of Norfolk District Court in Canton, Mass., has issued an arrest warrant for the has-been vocalist (how long ago was Don't Be Cruel?), a court official yesterday said. Brown, a Boston native, skipped a hearing Monday on overdue child-support payments for his two children with Kim Ward, who says Brown is two months overdue and owes $11,000. Last month, Houston filed for divorce from the former New Edition singer.
March 23, 2012 |
FORMER EAGLE Freddie Mitchell was arraigned on tax-fraud charges after surrendering to authorities in Orlando last week. Now he's sitting in jail in Orange County, Fla., after being arrested on an Indiana warrant for failing to pay back child support, a lawyer says. Mitchell, 33, known as FredEx, surrendered to authorities March 12 and was released on his own recognizance until his arraignment, which was scheduled for Thursday. Bringing his child-support payments up to date was a condition of his release prior to his arraignment, according to court documents.