Montour Falls man jailed for unpaid child support

A Schuyler County man who failed to make his child support payments and cooperate with family court orders was sentenced to sixty days in jail by the Schuyler County Family Court on Wednesday March 11, 2015.According to County Attorney Geoffrey Rossi, the man, a resident of Montour Falls, NY had previously been found in violation in December for failing to pay support to the mother of his minor child and to the Schuyler County Department of Social Services for medical costs. His case was adjourned to give him time to resume payments and to enter drug and alcohol treatment as a condition of family court probation. When the man failed to cooperate with the December order, Family Court Judge Dennis Morris issued a warrant for his arrest. Assistant County Attorney Steven Getman prosecuted the case for the petitioners. Evidence before the court demonstrated that the man owed over $17,000.00 in back payments on both cases.The man’s name was not released to protect the privacy of his minor children, Rossi said.Under New York State law, a parent’s failure to pay court ordered child support constitutes prima facie evidence of a willful violation. If no payments are made, the burden shifts to the parent to show credible evidence of inability to make payments. If a willful violation is established, the respondent parent may be subject to garnishment of property, loss of business or recreational licenses and probation or incarceration.The county attorney’s office represents the Department of Social Services in prosecuting child support cases brought in the family court by that agency. In addition, the office provides support collection services for eligible custodial parents seeking assistance in establishing and enforcing orders for child support.The county attorney’s office was assisted in the prosecution and presentation of the case by employees of the county’s child support enforcement unit.

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