A woman was extradited back to the southern state where her children are located to face the court regarding two felony charges. The charges against her stem from the fact that she has not been paying child support. Most states, including Indiana, have the ability to criminally charge non-custodial parents who aren't financially supporting their children.
The woman in question ended up pleading guilty to both felony charges. She was sentenced to five years in prison for each offense to run concurrently, but the judge has suspended her sentence. The judge has ordered her to pay $700 to the court for costs and for her extradition.
She will also be subject to supervision at the end of those five years. In the meantime, she has already paid $5,000 of her arrearage, and has been ordered to pay $270 per month over her usual amount of child support in order to pay back the rest. She will make this additional payment until her back support is fully paid.
Many people don't realize that they can go to prison for not paying child support. In Indiana, if a parent owes back child support, he or she could spend time in jail or even go to prison depending on the amount owed. At the very least, the wages of a non-paying parent can be garnished in order to ensure that the child support is paid. However, that garnishment may not cover any back child support. Anyone that has gotten behind on their child support may benefit from some advice on how to get caught up on their payments before matters get worse.
Source: wtva.com, "Woman sentenced for failure to pay child support," April 17, 2013