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Possible jail time for dad refusing to pay child support

When a Pennsylvania couple is married and they have a child, they both are expected to contribute to the upbringing of the child, financially, emotionally and physically. Just because the parents decide to end their marriage does not mean that role ends for the parent who is not granted primary custody. Child support and time spent during visitation periods are often more important when the family is not what it once was. One man who is planning to run for governor of his state may have to spend some time in jail for not paying child support.

The candidate has three children with two ex-wives. He has fallen behind on the payments to both women, but there is some disagreement on exactly how much is owed to each. In a court appearance, he was told to pay half of what he has so far chosen to not pay his second ex-wife within 30 days or he will have to serve some jail time. The full amount includes his part in medical and education expenses for the children.

The Navy veteran served 20 years and nets approximately $4,500 each month in retirement and disability pay. From that comes the $2,500 he pays each month in child support. He is not currently employed with a job that brings in additional income. The main platform upon which he is running is parental rights because he does not feel like a majority of fathers are being heard. He plans to continue his pursuit of the office from jail if it comes down to it.

While fathers do have rights, they also have responsibilities. Refusing to pay child support as a means of retaliation toward an ex only hurts the child. Custodial parents in Pennsylvania having difficulty getting the financial support their child needs should contact an attorney who will represent their interests in any ensuing legal battles.

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