Every year in New York, there are probably hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support payments left unpaid. Whether the parent simply forgets or deliberately avoids the payments, the result is the same. The children go without the extra financial support that could be crucial to their well-being. For this reason, reports of past due child support payments are taken very seriously.

Recently a warrant was issued seeking the arrest of a 45-year-old man from Chicago who has been accused of not paying child support. He faces numerous charges and owes almost $100,000 in unpaid child support. Court records indicate he has not made a payment since May 2008. At that time he paid only $100, but court documents show he was to have paid a little more than $1,000 per month for his two children who were then ages 2 and 5.

In 2010, he skipped a court date concerning missing child support payments. However, the court increased his monthly obligation by $100 in order to cover his existing debt at that time. If convicted of these mounting charges, he may face as much as 15 years of jail time.

If you believe your child support obligations are unmanageable, or indeed if you are owed child support, it is important to resolve the matter quickly. Skipped payments can have a huge impact on your child’s life and his or her needs should be put first. It may be possible to negotiate support modifications if the parent is unable to keep up with the payments.

Although this man resides in another state, his case can remind New York parents of how quickly delinquent payments can mount up. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, so you need to act. An attorney with knowledge of family law may be able to help you negotiate a favorable resolution. With that assistance, you can improve your chances of reaching an arrangement that benefits both you and your child.

Source: Leader-Telegram, “Chicago man owes $100k in overdue child support,” April 25, 2014