The opinions of the child support system are varied. On the extremes, some see it as a situational entitlement, and others see it as a heartless act of legal robbery.
Unfortunately, child support is rarely openly discussed for its merits or deficiencies.
Some municipalities enforce child support violations more aggressively than others.
If you are owed child support payments, you want aggressive enforcement. If you owe child support money, you wonder why you're sitting in jail.
Occasionally, I peek at the Delco Most Wanted tab on this blog. Somehow, it always seems to be full of folks who fail to pay child support.
Where’s the guy who broke into the house; stole the car; sold the drugs; shoplifted from the Dollar Store; punched the teacher; cheated on their taxes; molested the child...and so on.
Personally, if I happen to recognize someone who committed one of those crimes, I probably would snitch.
I’m not so inclined to do the same if I run into someone who owes child support.
However, I may inform them that I saw them on the Most Wanted page and suggest that they make some arrangements.
Maybe that’s the purpose of listing so many child support violators on the Most Wanted Page. They need a little counseling.
If so, there needs to be another Most Wanted Page for ‘real’ criminals. They need a day in court.