In our California Family Law blog we often discuss different child support situations. Whether it is determination of a monthly obligation, a modification of a current obligation or the attempt to enforce one that has been forgotten, our readers have learned about a number of factors surrounding these situations.
Enforcement is one of those sticky child support situations. It is complicated for the parent seeking to enforce the obligation as it usually occurs after weeks or even months in which full payment hasn’t been met. For the non-paying parent, it means an outstanding bill and possible penalties. For one father, his failure to pay child support actually led a judge to order him to avoid having any more children and even recommended that he announce to all women he meets his current status.
The ruling came out of the Midwest. The 28-year-old man had fathered a total of nine children. The time period for their births was not included in the report. However, what was included was that the man had gone for 120 days in 2011 without paying the court-ordered obligations. In fact, the man was facing serious felony charges for the past due payments.
When the man was sentenced, the judge told him that he was prohibited from conceiving any more children until he could pay the unpaid obligations in full. During the oral instruction, he told the man that in the first three minutes after meeting a woman he should tell her that he has nine children and that he is now a felon because of his failure to uphold his obligations. While the “three-minute warning” didn’t make it into the written report, the prohibition against further fathering did.
Source: Star Tribune, “Wis. Judge orders man sentenced for failing to pay child support not to have more children,” Jan. 17, 2013