Being a father when you aren't in the relationship with the child's mother often means having to pay child support. While it is a widely known fact that not paying child support in Ohio has some serious consequences, a recent case shows just how serious those consequences might be for some fathers.
The case involves a man who is ordered to pay child support for four children. At a hearing in January 2013, the man was placed on probation because he had amassed almost $100,000 in back child support. At that hearing, a judge ordered him to not have any children until he has paid the child support he owes for those four children. The most recent development occurred this month when an appeals court upheld that judge's order.
A Lorain County Probate judge says that the appeal court's ruling means that he impose the same restriction on other men in similar cases. It is, however, important to note that the appeals court didn't provide any written explanation of the appropriateness of the order. Instead, two judges on the panel said they didn't have enough information to look into the merits of the judge's order because they didn't have a pre-sentence report on the man from the Adult Probation Department.
Ohio isn't the only state that has allowed judges to impose restrictions on childbearing for men who are behind on child support. With the possibilities of childbearing restrictions being imposed on men in Ohio, it is important for any man who is going through child support issues to understand how serious the consequences might be in his case.
Source: The Chronicle Telegram, "Appeals court:?Asim Taylor can’t have more children until he pays child support" Brad Dicken, May. 13, 2014