An article on dailybreeze.com details the arrest of a Gardena man who had a warrant served on him for failing to pay child support in Gardena. He was one of 16 parents recently jailed for failing to pay child support, officials said this week.
The warrant was served as part of the County of Los Angeles Child Support Services Department’s (CSSD) Child Support Arrest Warrant Project, which began in March 2008. The project is part of the CSSD’s stepped up effort to prosecute child support scofflaws.
The article quotes CSSD Director Steven Golightly as saying of the program:
“Over the past six years in California, the child support system has entered a new era of working cooperatively with parents to address their child support obligations. Our goal always is to secure regular payment of support in keeping with a parent’s ability to pay,” Golightly said. “However, some parents willfully ignore their obligations despite having the means to provide.
“They must be held accountable,” he added.
The government has started employing many creative ways to collect child support arrears, and it is no surprise to see them processing warrants to arrest the worst offenders. Other examples of penalties for scofflaws includes the parent’s debt showing up in their credit report and of course, affect it very negatively. Another step the federal government is taking is to refuse giving out passports to parents who owe these child support arrears. In addition, the state can suspend your driver’s license, can collect from SSI monies, can collect from your Disability monies, Tax Refunds, and other monies you may receive.
If you find yourself owing child support monies, our California child support debt attorneys can help you. You have rights and they need to be defended at all costs. The courts will also look favorably upon individuals who step forward and attempt to make amends for past delinquencies. Our attorneys have the experience to help you make the most favorable arrangements possible. Contact us today for a consultation of your case.
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