Child support disputes can be frustrating for all parties involved, including judges. Many Jefferson County judges understand the hardships that are sustained when noncustodial parents do not fulfill their court-ordered financial obligations to contribute to the every day expenses of their children. Because of this, sometimes courts will issue rulings that may seem a little outside-of-the-box to ensure that these obligations are taken seriously.
An Ohio man’s failure to pay approximately $100,000 in child support is now facing a court order prohibiting him from having any more children. The order, which was issued early this year, included a five-year probation period. He was ordered to refrain from impregnating anyone during this time, or at least until he can show he is able to financially provide for his four existing children.
Reports do not offer any other details of the order, such as requirements regarding employment or wage garnishments.
The man appealed the ruling, arguing that it infringed on his reproductive rights, but a state appeals court upheld the decision of the lower court. This report does not address whether the man will pursue this issue with another appeal.
Delinquent child support payments can be very difficult for custodial parents and guardians. Recognizing the importance of providing financial support for raising a child, many courts will do everything in their power to ensure parents fulfill their child support obligations. Those who have lapsed in their support payments may want to see a lawyer to better understand the legal ramifications of this delinquency.
Source: okcfox.com, “Ohio appeals court orders deadbeat father to avoid having children,” Kathy Damrill, May 16, 2014.