In Pennsylvania, it is no secret that falling behind on your child support payments can cause all kinds of problems. Not only can it get you into legal trouble, but it also means that your child may not be receiving the financial support that he or she requires. However, the system is designed to be as fair as possible to all involved, so if you have a problem with your arrangement, it may be wise to appeal before delinquency begins to cause you problems.
In one case, a driver who was arrested after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, was found to have been suspended from driving 20 times. There were allegedly several reasons for this, but two of those suspensions were reported to have been due to a failure to pay child support. Two more were connected with not paying surcharges. Police had allegedly searched for him in Pennsylvania after the accident before he turned himself in two days later in New Jersey.
License suspension is just one of the potential penalties for not keeping up with payments but it is one that heavily impacts your day-to-day life. It may prevent you from getting to work and could even cost you your job entirely. On top of this, if you continue to fall behind with payments, you could even face arrest and a potential prison sentence.
If you have any concerns about your child support obligations or your circumstances have changed making you unable to cover the amount owed each month, an attorney could be a valuable ally. He or she may be able to advise you on how to proceed and help you to negotiate a more manageable payment arrangement. Your attorney might also be able to assist you if you decide to appeal the amount owed or the penalties imposed for missing payments.
Source: North Jersey, "State says suspect in fatal hit-and-run in Paterson had 20 suspensions on driving record," Joe Malinconico, Stephanie Dazio, and Ed Rumley, Aug. 13, 2015