Co-parents required to maintain contact with the court for the duration of support orders

Co-parents required to maintain contact with the court for the duration of support orders

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Hilarie Lally started this petition to New York State Legislation

In New York State fathers and/or mothers looking to evade paying child support are able to achieve this by selling their home and no longer having a physical address. Currently, under New York State law, in order for the other parent to file a violation of the divorce decree, the co-parent in question must have a physical address for the courts to serve them in person. If the court is unable to serve them in person, the case is dismissed and support collections hands are tied. Therefore, the father and/or mother are able to avoid paying their child support and have no consequences brought against them. 

We are looking to draft legislation that would require both parents to annually connect with the court to validate their continued adherence to the order of support. If that contact does not take place by either parent that parent loses his or her right to physical service and or right to service entirely and can automatically be served through alternate means. This will prevent the willful evasion of child support orders by evading service and allow support collections units to enforce court orders.

Serving in person as the only means to enforce a violation is an outdated and archaic way to handle child support in 2021. We would also like the way the co-parent is served changed to include serving by way of electronic email should a physical address or circumstance warrant that change in the best interest of the children and their needs. 

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