Child support payments are provided to ensure that a child does not suffer undue economic hardship because of the separation of his or her parents. In Colorado, when the child support amount ordered is not paid, the child not only faces that hardship, but the parent who fails to provide for the child can face stiff fines or even jail time. These penalties are a distinct possibility for a man arrested recently for failure to pay child support amounting to more than $1 million.
When a noncustodial parent is unwilling or unable to pay child support, the children are the ones who suffer. The costs of raising a child in Colorado can quickly add up, leaving the custodial parent with ongoing financial needs. The recent outcome of the child support dispute between Dennis Rodman and his ex-wife offers hope for parents fighting for the money they need for their children's everyday expenses.
Whatever their family background, children have a right to be supported by both parents. The court system and child support guidelines in Colorado and elsewhere typically provide for all children to be supported by their parents, even if one parent does not have custody of the child. Despite their best efforts, however, the courts have yet to find a way to stop men and women from having children that they cannot afford, and child support enforcement is difficult and costly. This is a problem not just in Colorado, but nationwide.
After a divorce, it's not just the partners who are affected but the children. Child support is often mandated by the court to make sure the best interests of the child are preserved, and a man failing to pay child support is not uncommon. But a developing child support case in a nearby state is highly unusual.