PHOENIX -- Fair or not, single parents who fail to meet their child support obligations are often labeled "deadbeats dads" or "deadbeat moms" by the agencies tasked with enforcing these payments.
According to the U.S. Census, custodial mothers received $19.5 billion of the $31.7 billion in support that was due (61.5 percent), and custodial fathers received $1.9 billion of the $3.5 billion that was due (54.3 percent) in 2010.
Parents who are significantly in arrears on their child support payments can face jail time in many U.S. states. Other penalties for child-support non-payment include suspending the state-issued licenses, including driver's and business or professional licenses.
Parents more than three months behind in child-support payments are often subjet to wage garnishments, interception of funds from state and federal income tax refund checks, lottery winnings, or other money that may be due from state or federal sources.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio hopes to draw attention to the problem by posting the names, photos, and vital information about the parental offenders online. The Sheriff's website includes information on nearly 1,200 parents who are behind in their child support payments. Amounts owed range from $500.00 to $175,000.2012