The Child Enforcement Agency in Butler County, Ohio is working with three Cincinnati area pizza parlors to add wanted posters of parents accused of skipping out on child support on pizza boxes. Each box of pizza is plastered with a poster with the names, photos, and last known addresses of ten parents who are not paying court-ordered support, along with a toll-free number that pizza-eaters can call to report the deadbeat parent.
At least one attorney calls these tactics "horrible." Maury Beaulier, who practices in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, says "It’s just a way of shaming people." He points out that there are many circumstances that can cause people to get behind in support payments, which doesn’t make them deadbeats.
Michael McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, believes that widespread public shaming can devastate the children. "Think how children feel to see a parent on a wanted poster and know their friends might see it," he said.
Other states have implemented other creative ways to try to enforce child support orders. Officials in Kern County, California can auction parents’ vehicles and give the proceeds to the children. Virginia subpoenas cell-phone records from service providers to aid in their collection efforts. Other states have included fliers in water and sewer bills, using the same theory as with the pizza parlors.
Sources: "Take A Slice Out Of Child Support" published at KTHV; "Wanted in Ohio: Two Pizzas and a Deadbeat Parent" published at Yahoo News; "Pizza Boxes Spotlight Child-Support Suspects" published at KLTV.
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