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Criminal justice reform changes child support orders for inmates

The news of Governor John Bel Edwards' criminal justice reform bill is a big deal for the state and those who are involved in the criminal justice system. But, not everyone is excited about how some of these changes are going to change things in the state.

One of these changes has to do with child support payments. As of now, parents who are incarcerated are still responsible for paying child support payments. When the bill goes into effect in 2019, this isn't going to be the case for some inmates.

When you think about what this means, you might realize that it makes sense. How can a person who is in prison pay child support? The basic answer is that they can't. Instead, they are left with arrears and penalties for child support. Some theorize that this will leave them ready to commit more crimes to get this taken care of.

As for the parents who are left without support payments for their children, all isn't lost. These parents will be able to petition the court for the months of child support when the person is released from prison. This might not help in the interim; however, it does provide a solution to a potential problem.

Child support payments are something that the recipient parent looks for. Many parents need this to ensure that the child gets what he or she needs. If you are stuck in the middle of a child support case, you need to make sure that you understand the current laws so that you know what you need to do for your case.

Source: KNOE, "Inmates free from paying child support in Louisiana," June 22, 2017

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