Currently, it is a misdemeanor to intentionally quit your job, have your earnings reduced or not to look for a job if you are unemployed so that you do not have to pay child support or so that you can get the support amount modified to a lower amount. A bill in the New York State legislature (S.2292/A.2328) seeks to clarify the law around this issue making this intent a felony according to the Legislative Gazette. Felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors and may soon be applied to deadbeat parents who are charged with non-support offenses. The bill includes provisions that would allow those who have avoided paying child support in this manner in the past five years and who continue to avoid paying the support money to be charged with a felony.

It is important to pay child support to help take care of one’s child or children. Many parents rely on weekly, bi-weekly or monthly payments to take care of their kids. Senators Greg Ball of Patterson and Joseph Addabbo of Ozone Park have co-sponsored a bill in the New York State Senate and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin of Scarsdale has sponsored a bill in the State Assembly along with several other Assembly members.

One goal of the bill is to create “consistency in the law.” Assemblywoman Paulin said that those avoiding paying child support by avoiding employment “should be held criminally liable.” Thus, it is hoped that a greater percentage of child support payments will be received if the law is enacted.

Divorce and family law attorney Jayson Lutzky has over 30 years of experience practicing law in New York State. His office is located in the Bronx, just one block from the 183rd Street stop of the 4 train. Mr. Lutzky offers free in office consultations on matters such as child support, visitation, custody and uncontested and contested divorces. To set up an appointment, call 718-514-6619. Visit for more information.