Punishment for not paying child support can lead to less child support being paid, according to Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Meers.
That’s why the prosecutor’s office started the Good Faith Initiative: The parent gets started paying support and, in return, is set up for success still having access to the resources they need.
When a parent falls behind on child support payments, they’re punished by losing tax refunds, getting liens on their home, and losing their driver’s licenses. Those restrictions don’t make it easy to make money to pay child support.
“Seems counterintuative to us to say ‘Hey, we want you to pay for your child support,’ but then ‘We’re not going to give you the tool to get to work,’” Meers said. “We believe that the more people who have their driver’s license, they’re going to be in a better position to get a job. If they have that job, then they’re going to be in a position to make those child support payments.”