DCFS’s 2015 Most Wanted List Features 14 Deadbeat Parents Who Each Owe More than $11,000 in Child Support
In February, the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) released its 2015 Child Support Most Wanted poster, featuring the names and photos of 14 non-custodial parents who owe significant amounts in child support payments.
Each of these deadbeat parents has not paid their support obligations for at least six months. The amount they owe ranges from $11,182.47 to $79,889.56. The whereabouts of these parents is unknown, making it impossible to enforce payments.
This list highlights only the worst offenders of what is a major problem in Louisiana, with more than $1.5 billion in total owed from 58,000 parents. The purpose of child support is to ensure that children have the financial backing they need for their day-to-day life. Without this money, there is much more responsibility and pressure placed on the custodial parent.
In Louisiana, it is the responsibility of Child Support Enforcement (CSE), an office of the DCFS, to enforce child support laws. The CSE does the following:
- Locate missing parents
- Establish paternity
- Establish and modify child and medical support
- Enforce child and medical support
However, the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) often has to intervene in situations where the non-custodial parent lives in another state, refuses to pay for more than a year or owes more than $5,000. The penalties for a first offense are up to six months in prison and high fines. For a second offense, when support hasn’t been paid for more than two years, or when the amount owed is more than $10,000, the penalties include a fine of up to $250,000 and two years in prison.
If the non-custodial parent of your child is refusing to pay their child support obligations, you need assistance from a child support attorney at Conroy Law Firm, PLC. From our Covington office, we represent clients throughout southern Louisiana. Call us today at 985-606-3885 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.