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Focus: when child support payments simply become too onerous

The term "deadbeat" is a well-known and often used depiction used in the family law realm to describe parents -- most often dads -- who for allegedly impermissible and unlawful reasons don't step up to the plate to fully satisfy their court-ordered child support obligations.

Most of our readers across Connecticut have likely seen recurring and often sensational stories that dominate tabloid offerings concerning deadbeat parents. Some of those individuals reportedly owe scores of thousands of dollars earmarked for children's needs that never made it into the hands of custodial parents.

In addition to such individuals, though, there are also high numbers of good-faith payers that are simply challenged in a material way in their support duties. They try to stay current and fully paid, but, for various financially challenging reasons, fall behind.

A recent national media article focuses on those persons, noting specifically a new program operative in one municipality that is essentially a government amnesty initiative. That program allows some past legal problems to be forgiven in exchange for an obligor's sincere efforts to get back on track regarding payment duties.

Central to the program's agenda is the belief voiced by one commentator that many payment-tasked parents need "some education and support and a helping hand." The amnesty effort thus provides a number of services, including literacy- and job-referral programs and various rehabilitation opportunities.

Child support is often a comparatively complex topic in family law, with arguments regarding payment difficulties just as often being countered with allegations by recipients that they -- that is, their children -- are being shorted by payers who are underperforming.

Many proven family law attorneys, including those at Berdon, Young & Margolis, PC, help people on both sides of that equation. We note on our website that our legal team commands a deep well of experience "in obtaining and defending against [court-requested] modifications so that children receive the financial support they deserve."

We welcome readers' contacts to our firm regarding any aspect of this important family law concern.

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