I owe back child support. The child is now 20 years of age. Can her father still have me put in jail?
Either the parent owed the money or the State may pursue collection of the past due child support. The child does not have standing to pursue collection. There is no statute of limitations on collection of past due child support. A court may enforce collection by wage garnishment, liens, or contempt sanctions. A court may jail a person for willful non-compliance with a court order to force the person to comply. Upon compliance, the person is released from jail. However, it is up to the court, not the parties, to determine that jail would encourage payment.
The parent, not the child, has the right to seek enforcement of child support. Jail time is rarely ordered for non-support, and only after proper legal proceedings. Your back child support is still owed, and accrues interest. You should start paying.
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Support is not owed to the child and the child/adult does not have the right to enforce the support order. If the support had been paid or if you are currently paying it which is what you should be doing, you wouldn't be asking about going to jail.
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