CHILD SUPPORT ISSUES: Is it that men can’t or won’t pay child support

According to Governing.com, more than $35 billion is owed in child support payments in the U.S. In fact, one out of every four parents who are owed child support gets nothing; and parents who owe it reportedly pay less than 60 percent of their debts on average, according to the National Center for State Courts. When parents don’t get the money they need from noncustodial parents, they often look instead to government welfare programs to help make ends meet.

Recently, veteran rapper Scarface was on hand for the taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta to accept the I Am Hip Hop career-achievement award during the annual ceremony, which was held at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Although the night started out on a positive note, the rapper was arrested shortly after accepting his award.

According to the Associated Press, Scarface (Brad Jordan) was locked up in Georgia’s Fulton County Jail on charges of failure to pay child support. Friday night’s arrest isn’t the first time Scarface has been arrested on similar charges. In 2010 the rapper was jailed in Texas after failing to pay child support in four different cases, totaling over $120,000. Scarface’s bond was set at $482,190.

Photo courtesy of This is 50

Photo courtesy of This is 50

Recently Jashley Garcia  wrote “I urge every single parent who has an obligation to pay child support to educate themselves. I want you to take a walk in the shoes of the other parent. Then, I want you to try to put a price tag on what it is to raise your child.”

So when it comes to child support is it that men can’t or won’t pay child support? Do you think they should spend time in jail for not paying child support?

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