Ex-spouse hides in Alaska to avoid child support payments


When marriages end, some spouses hope for an amicable separation, while others may exhibit resentment through their actions or, in some cases, inaction. Unfortunately, divorces tend to have more devastating effects on the children, though. Sometimes one spouse may become so consumed with being newly single or working to make ends meet, that the children are not considered enough. There are even some Virginia cases in which one spouse simply refuses to make regular child support payments to spite the other parent.

One woman is eerily familiar with this feeling, and she claims her ex-husband owes her more than $70,000 in back child support. However, he lives in Alaska -- more than 3,000 miles away from her Illinois home. She alleges that her ex-husband has not seen his two daughters in four years.

Despite these claims, and the issuance of a warrant in the county in which their divorce was filed, her ex-husband has not cooperated to make good on his payments. The judge put out a warrant to arrest the elusive ex, but also claims that it is difficult to enforce it given that he is so far away. Unfortunately, custodial parents all too frequently have to badger their exes for legally mandated child support.

This ex-spouse's actions are typical of those who move frequently or regularly change jobs, thus making it difficult to collect support from them. Whether this difficultly is a byproduct of their instability, or they set out to elude authorities, is on a case-by-case basis. Virginia, like other states, does have a federal program in place to provide financial assistance to those who struggle to collect child support payments. However, it is helpful to determine the ways one can legally ensure compliance by the ex-spouse.

Source: Chicago Tribune, Child support collection challenges courts in Illinois, Lisa Black, Oct. 25, 2013

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