For couples who have children, child support is an important part of a divorce. Often, parents rely on child support to give their children basic necessities. When that money isn't paid, parents are put in a difficult situation. One Georgia man recently learned how important child support is when he was arrested for failing to pay child support more than 30 years ago.

The 70-year-old man was pulled over by a Wisconsin state trooper for driving without taillights and for having a noisy muffler. After an hour's search through state records, an outstanding warrant for unpaid child support was discovered. Although the warrant was 36 years old, the man was placed under arrest. The man spent the weekend in the jail, but was released on a $2,000 bond. The man must now appear in a Milwaukee courtroom to answer to the 1975 warrant.

This man's case will now work its way through the Wisconsin court system, but those Georgia facing child support issues would do well to consult a local attorney experienced in all aspects of family law and procedure. An attorney can work with families, and help determine what the best plan is for all parties involved by looking at each individual's income.

For parents who find they are unable to make the specified payment, a child support modification may be granted. If the man in this case had sought a modification, he may not have landed in jail for failing to pay child support more than three decades ago.

Source: Reuters, "Man arrested in Wisconsin on 36-year-old child support warrant," John Rondy, Dec. 12, 2011