A new report recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau claims that many parents in Ohio and around the country are commonly not paid the entire amount they are owed in child support. In fact, the report states that as much as $14 billion in child support payments go unpaid nationwide each year. That amount is more than a third of the total amount of such payments that are owed to custodial parents.
Of the 88 counties in Ohio, only half achieve 70 percent success with collecting child support payments. The state recently enacted legislation that requires every county to hit that 70 percent mark by 2015. A spokeswoman from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services stated that the new requirement is good not only for families but also for the state. Ohio receives money from the federal government in order to support child support collection, and it will receive more support with higher collection rates across the state.
Every parent in Ohio knows how expensive it can be to raise a child. Data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture states that the average cost of raising a child born in 2012 will come out to $241,080. The study factors in seven areas of spending, including housing, transportation and clothing, and is used to determine payments to foster parents as well as child support costs.
A gold digger is defined as someone who uses a wealthy person for their financial gain. There have been numerous celebrities in the spotlight for child custody gold digging regimens over the last decade.
Divorced parents in Ohio probably know all too well the issues and complications that can arise from child support arrangements, for both the payer and the recipient. An ongoing feud between a socialite, her boyfriend and her ex-husband shows that even the wealthy aren't immune from child support disputes. It's also a great example of how the most important issue, the children's best interests, often gets lost in the fighting.Wall Street financier Warren Lichtenstein has filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan contending that his ex-wife, socialite and mountain climber Annabelle Bond, and her current boyfriend, former Goldman Sachs executive Andrew Cader, have conspired to mislabel Ms. Bond's assets as loans so that she could receive higher child support payments. Mr. Lichtenstein and Ms. Bond have a 5-year-old daughter and had been engaged in a child support dispute. In the midst of the dispute, Ms. Bond and the couple's daughter moved to Hong Kong, where Ms. Bond requested and was granted nearly $50,000 in monthly child support payments from Mr. Lichtenstein.
When lottery jackpots reach into the hundreds of millions, people throughout Ohio start dreaming of what they could do with the potential windfall. But those who are behind on their child support payments should temper their dreams. Any lottery winnings are likely to be intercepted and used to pay back child support. That will be the case of the recent winner of the Powerball jackpot. On March 23, 2013, the jackpot reached an astronomical $338 million. One lucky man held all the winning numbers and, according to lottery officials, has opted to receive a $211 million lump sum payout, the third largest in Powerball history. After taxes, the man will be left with around $152 million.
With unpaid child support obligations on the rise in Ohio, the state's collection agencies are looking for new ways to get delinquent parents to pay up. The amount of past due child support in Ohio has increased by more than $689 million over the last five years. Roughly 80 percent of parents who are obligated to pay child support are behind by at least some payments. Despite these gloomy statistics, there is some good news. The trend is slowing as the state's economy improves and as state child support collection agencies are implementing new collection methods. The state still employs traditional methods to collect overdue payments. These include withholding from a delinquent parent's unemployment benefits, suspending state-issued auto, recreational and professional licenses, and ordering jail time and fines in egregious cases. However, smaller budgets and increased workloads have state agencies looking for more creative methods to encourage payment.
Single parents seeking public assistance for their children in Ohio may find that a child support proceeding is a necessary first step to qualifying for aid. It is standard procedure for states to look first to child support collection before granting aid as public services agencies prefer that both parents contribute to a child's support before taxpayers are asked to foot part of the bill. If there is no current support order in place in a case, the state likely will require the custodial parent to obtain one before qualifying for support. This may be unwelcome news for a single parent who wants little to do with the other parent, including that parent's money. However, when the custodial parent seeks public support for the child, the state may go so far as to issue a new order that overrides a prior agreement that excused the non-custodial parent from paying child support.
Ford Motor Co. intends to give workers at the Ohio Assembly Plant profit-sharing bonuses of $8,300 in March. Workers who are in default on their child support payments will not see that entire amount, however. Under an Ohio law that took effect two decades ago, state child support agencies can intercept bonus checks and other one-time payments greater than $150 to cover delinquent child support payments. The law, which was enacted in the '90s, also applies to lottery prizes and income tax refunds. When a parent is more than 45 days behind in making child support payments, an automatic administrative process is triggered to collect the arrearages. Employers must notify the state agency when it pays bonuses or makes other one-time payments to employees, and amounts owed in back support will be taken out of the bonus checks.
A Lorain County judge has told an Ohio man that he cannot have any more children during the five years he is on probation for failure to pay child support. The Elyria man, who has four children, owes almost $100,000 in back support payments. The judge said he issued the no-procreation order for one reason only: the man's failure to take personal responsibility for his existing children. The exact terms of the judge's order require the man to "make all reasonable efforts to avoid impregnating a woman." At the sentencing, the man's attorney argued this requirement violates his client's basic rights because it effectively prohibits him from having sexual intercourse. Abstinence is the only certain way to guarantee compliance, the attorney asserted, but the judge was not persuaded; he said if the man violates the terms of the probation, he will face a year in prison.