Data on parent custody / child support: A slightly higher percentage of noncustodial mothers don’t pay any of the child support they’re supposed to, this analysis finds. But looking at the statistics on poverty, working status and the reasons given for not establishing an agreement, it’s clear that on the whole, custodial fathers struggle a lot less financially than moms do.
***THIS IS A MUST READ*** Punishment for a first offense for failure to pay child support is a fine, up to 6 months in prison, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent offense or a case when the obligation has been unpaid for longer than 2 years or is more than $10,000, the punishment increases to a fine of up to $250,000, 2 years in prison, or both. Noncustodial parents convicted of these offenses must also pay restitution and/or settlements of the child support amount owed.