SENATOR BALL’S ‘DEAD BEAT PARENT’ BILL PASSES NYS SENATE

 

    Albany, N.Y. – 05/13/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, announced that his legislation (S2292) aimed at cracking down on ‘dead beat parents’ has passed New York State Senate.

    “Those that are legally obligated to provide child support should not be allowed to escape criminal prosecution if they deliberately avoid paying child support,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It is my hope that this legislation will send a strong message to dead beat parents. I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to follow the Senate’s lead and pass this bill.”

    This bill will make clear that a person obligated to pay child support by a child support order is guilty of non-support in the first degree when he or she purposely terminates his or her employment, reduces his or her earnings or fails to diligently seek to be employed, and he or she has been previously convicted in the preceding five years of the misdemeanor offense of nonsupport of a child.

    With this change, consistency in the law so that the purposeful termination of employment, reduction of earnings or failure to diligently seek to be employed may serve as the basis for both the felony offense of non-support of a child in the first degree as well as the misdemeanor offense of non-support of a child in the second degree.

    The bill has been sent to the Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

    “The law already recognizes that a person obligated by court order to pay child support cannot intentionally terminate his or her employment, reduce his or her earnings or fail to diligently look for a job,” Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said. “Doing that is a misdemeanor offense. But we need to make clear that if you purposefully avoid your child support obligation and you’ve been convicted of doing that before within the past 5 years, that is a felony. People who are legally obligated to provide child support should receive more than a slap on the wrist — they should be held criminally liable — when they deliberately take action to avoid paying child support after they’ve already been convicted once for doing the same thing.”

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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