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Nonpaying parents arrested after showing cash online

Colorado parents may be interested in how authorities in one state are catching parents who don't make their court-ordered child support payments. In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office reportedly checks the social media accounts of those who are behind on payments to determine if they have the money to pay. Two men were recently arrested after posts and pictures on their social media accounts led authorities to believe they should have the means to support their children.

One man posted photographs of himself on Facebook holding wads of cash. Despite flashing so much money on social media, he has only willingly paid one $100 monthly payment since he was ordered to pay child support. Another man was taken into custody after he allegedly purchased a music studio despite being behind on his child support. An assistant district attorney stated that social media is an effective tool in determining which cases to prosecute because nonpaying parents with a lot of financial resources often show off their assets on Facebook or other social media sites.

Child support is typically ordered when parents get divorced. The money is paid to the custodial parent to help them meet the needs of their child or children. Support is usually computed under guidelines established by the state that has jurisdiction over the divorce.

Child support enforcement agencies and local officials use a number of tools and resources to collect unpaid child support, including wage garnishment and suspension of licenses. A lawyer may advise a client of the remedies available to them and help them connect with the appropriate authorities to collect their child support.

Source: Opposing Views, "Fathers Face Charges For Avoiding Child Support, Bragging About Money On Facebook ", Sarah Fruchtnicht, July 17, 2014

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