Can Dcse Put Non-Custodial Parents In Jail If They Don't Pay?

No. DCSE representatives may petition the court and DCSE attorneys may request the respondent be given jail time, but it is a judge`s decision whether to order a jail sentence. A non­custodial parent who is found to be in civil contempt for failure to pay child support can be sentenced to up to 12 months incarceration. Incarceration is usually a last resort in child support cases, but for some individuals, it is necessary.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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