Revisions to laws often lag behind changes in society. Consequently, families try to cope with current conditions using old ways. Several analysts feel Louisiana and nationwide child support rules are based on outdated definitions of families.
Ouachita Parish is certainly not immune from noncustodial parents who try to skirt, or simply cannot make, their child support payments.
Delinquent fathers in the Lafayette, Louisiana area have reason to be nervous these days. Members of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office have ratcheted up efforts to bring to justice fathers that have chronically failed to live up to their child support obligations. They made some progress with their efforts, too.
A Baton Rouge, Louisiana man thought he hit a jackpot, but instead, the money was confiscated by the state and put toward a growing bill of unpaid child support he owed.
Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services rounded up parents who have skirted their financial duties and listed them on a website accompanied by how much money they owe. All parents listed have been ordered by court to make child support payments.