NO! To Debtors Prison: NY Child Support Non-Payment Bill Is Introduced

From Bruce Eden –
Director, Dads Against Discrimination –

O.K. All. Time to get behind this bill in New York State.
Even out of state people can call in or write to support this bill, so you can file the same legislation in your respective states.
NO! To Debtors Prison: NY Child Support Non-Payment Bill Is Introduced

by John Wittaker –

Family Court judges could lose the ability to sentence a non-custodial parent to jail time for missing child support payments.

Legislation (A.11038) has been introduced in the state Assembly, sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, D-New York City, to amend the state Family Court Act to eliminate the court’s ability to send a anyone to jail for violating a support order.

“If a non-custodial parent is sentenced to jail due to nonpayment of support, they may lose a job or be unable to seek employment, if they are out of work,” Epstein wrote in his legislative justification. … People get sick or lose their jobs and thrown in jail for not paying their child support obligations, then debts add up while incarcerated and they are returned to jail so it can be a never-ending cycle.”

All 50 states have passed statutes criminalizing failure to pay child support, though some have decided to treat nonsupport as a civil matter – failure to obey a court order. Both can result in imprisonment, but the latter approach leaves the noncustodial parent without a criminal record. …

Epstein said the state should refocus its efforts from sending parents to jail to employment programs. …

New York state collected $1,718,403,812 in child support payments in 2018, according to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, with roughly $7.2 billion in child support owed going unpaid. The state oversaw 794,956 child support cases in 2018.
||October 15, 2020


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