For many parents in Washoe County, the months of August and September can be financially challenging due to the extra back-to-school expenses. During this time of year, divorced parents may especially be in need of child support from a non-custodial parent in order to make ends meet and provide adequately for their children's educational needs.
A unique week-long program sponsored by the Clark County District Attorney's Family Support Division was held in mid-August with the goal of helping facilitate child support payments. During the program, the Family Support Division Office provided various services to non-custodial parents who owe child support. The parents were able to resolve outstanding child support issues, pay child support with credit cards, access case management services and more.
Child support payments are essential for many custodial parents. However, making those payments can be difficult for a non-custodial parent if he or she is out of work, struggling with health issues or facing other significant expenses. The consequences of a failure to pay child support can include withholding tax-refunds, wage garnishment, property seizure, suspension of licenses and even jail. Non-custodial parents are generally only able to pay child support using cash, money orders, cashier's checks or debit, which can make the situation even more challenging. Further, modifying child support orders is not easy because it requires a judge's approval.
Child support determinations generally attempt to focus on the best interests of the child in light of the individual parents' financial circumstances. When Washoe County parents face new circumstances or increased financial strain, programs like the recent one in Clark County may prove critical to help provide for the child and accommodate the needs of the parents.
Source: My News 3, "Back-to-School' outreach for parents who owe child support," Aug. 10, 2012