Eleven individuals were taken into custody for failing to pay a total of $126,218.63 in child support during a Feb. 3 sweep in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. One man from Ambler owed $21,521.33 for one child while another man in Glenside owed $39,615.39 in back support for another child. Overall, the 11 parents who were taken into custody owed support for 16 children.
The sweep consisted of two teams of deputies along with K9 units, and it started at 1 a.m. No incidents were reported during the enforcement activity. In a statement, the Montgomery County sheriff said that holding parents accountable for child support was a top priority. He also said that finding those who owe past due support is a testament to the professionalism within the county.
When a couple divorces, one or both parents may be entitled to parental rights that may include child custody or visitation. A judge may make a custody ruling by taking state law and the best interests of the child into account. While parents may come to an agreement on their own, it may be subject to court approval. Once an order is entered into the record, it generally may only be modified if there is a change in circumstances. In most cases, the parent who has primary physical custody will be awarded child support to be paid by the non-custodial parent.
A divorcing or divorced parent may wish to talk to an attorney regarding their rights and how to comply with or seek a child custody ruling. An attorney may also be able to help a parent if he or she is unable to provide child support due to extenuating factors.