Ohio aims to help parents who fail to pay child support
The Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency has launched a new program that aims to help parents facing incarceration for failing to pay child support by dealing with the root causes of their lack of payment. According to the judge who was elected to the domestic and juvenile court bench in 2012, there are a number of reasons that parents don’t pay child support, including addictions, disabilities and mental health issues.
She believes that the cycle of incarceration is not likely to resolve the non-payment problem, so the new program is designed to offer educational and job placement assistance to parents who face jail for failing to keep up with support payments. People who are eligible for the program have already refused the assistance of or failed to work with the county’s child support enforcement agency.
Several local community organizations are involved in the program and providing resources along with the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services. Child support caseworkers interview program participants and help match them up with the best organization for their needs, which provide assistance that includes getting ready to take a high school equivalency test and preparing for job interviews.
Child support can be essential for a single parent who would otherwise be attempting to raise a child or children on one income. If someone is not receiving support payments, it can easily lead to financial difficulties, but a family law attorney may be able to help individuals seeking unpaid child support. There are legal actions available to parents who are not getting the support they are entitled to, and a lawyer could help them understand their options and aid them in pursuing assistance from the court.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Parents who fail to pay child support get help with job, not jail“, Josh Jarman, August 03, 2014