When the single mother wasn’t receiving child support payments, she’d swipe her credit card to pay for unexpected expenses and worry about how to pay the bill later.
But after the father of her 3-year-old daughter was arrested and released from jail in May, Brittany Patrick starting receiving $160 per month in child support for the first time since November 2011. And she’ll soon get the $3,000 in cash he used to bond out of jail.
The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office has been making a new push to find and arrest parents who aren’t paying the child support they owe. After hiring a new investigator and requiring more meetings with caseworkers, the prosecutor’s office has been able to reduce the percentage of people who aren’t making payments.