While deadbeat dads are usually the ones who are in the headlines, taking all of the heat for non-custodial parents who fail to pay their court ordered child support, the tables have finally turned, if only for a brief moment in time, and deadbeat moms are making some headlines of their own.
And these moms are not just a tad behind in their child support, they have failed to keep in contact with the system, show up for court, and basically ignore every step of the process, digging themselves into financial holes upwards of $50,000. One woman, now living in the state of Connecticut, and under a new name owes nearly $70,000 in back child support.
Some states, such as Illinois, are cracking down on deadbeat parents, doing all that they can to entice these parents to stand up to their responsibilities and take care of the children that they brought into this world. A new state law allows authorities to immobilize the vehicles of offenders as well as suspending their driver’s license. Let’s not forget all of the other enticements their are for deadbeat parents; passport denial, garnishment of tax return, bank account seizure as well as the ability to seize lottery winnings.
While there are many supporters of this new law, allowing for the immediate suspension of serious child support offender’s drivers licenses, others are up in arms over the new law feeling that it is only a matter of time before it backfires. They argue that taking away the non-custodial parents ability to drive will only hinder their working ability, making it even harder, if not impossible, for them to make up their debt.
Those who oppose the new law are trying to get the word out that the vast majority of these deadbeat parents are not deadbeats, but in fact dead broke, and by taking away their ability to get to and from their day job will only help to keep the non-custodial parent in the financial hold that they are in. Unfortunately for the nay-sayers more people agree with those who came up with the law, and it has gone into effect, now it is only time that will tell which side was right.