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Child support enforcement taskforce nabs two parents

In unrelated cases, two former residents of New York were arraigned on the same day in the same court for 20 misdemeanor counts of criminal contempt. Adding to the strangeness of the day, both individuals were apprehended at homes in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The arrest took place in the context of a task force that has coordinated child support enforcement efforts of the Orange County Support Collection Unit and Orange County Sheriff's Office with the Inspector General's Office of Investigations at DHHS and New York's Department of Motor Vehicles.

Officials state that the 42-year-old woman owes $329,105 in child support dating to 1999 for the care of her three children placed in foster care at ages 12, 10 and 8. They believe that the woman fled New york to avoid prosecution. She stated that the delinquency was an oversight that happened due to a death and prolonged illness in her family. The judge set a $100,000 bond for her release.

The 55-year-old man allegedly owes $48,623 in back child support for five children. Officials said that he fled New York in 2007, which was the year that Family Court entered contempt charges. He claimed to be disabled and making payments on one of the two cases per a Pennsylvania court order. The man is likewise being held at Orange County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. An assistant district attorney remarked that felony charges are a possibility for both defendants.

Raising children is expensive, and delinquent payments place an undue burden on the custodial parent. Obtaining court order for child support payments is sometimes necessary to fund medical expenses and meet increases the in cost of living. A family law attorney may be able to help expedite actions for child support enforcement.

Source: Times-Herald Record, "Court: Deadbeat mom owes $329K", Heather Yakin, June 06, 2013

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