Beth Coleson, supervisor of the Putnam County CHild SUpport program and Probate Judge Mike Borer are shown planning a program that offers support for those who don't pay their child support. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Beth Coleson, supervisor of the Putnam County CHild SUpport program and Probate Judge Mike Borer are shown planning a program that offers support for those who don't pay their child support. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

PUTNAM COUNTY — Putnam County Probate Judge Mike Borer and Child Support Case Supervisor Beth Coleson are starting a new program in the county they hope will provide solutions for those who do not pay child support.

“We want to help remove some of the obstacles that make it hard for an individual to pay their child support,” said Judge Borer. He said when someone does not pay their court-ordered child support it can be ruled a misdemeanor or in extreme cases ruled as a felony.

“Sometimes they are put in jail or lose their licen

PUTNAM COUNTY — Putnam County Probate Judge Mike Borer and Child Support Case Supervisor Beth Coleson are starting a new program in the county they hope will provide solutions for those who do not pay child support.

“We want to help remove some of the obstacles that make it hard for an individual to pay their child support,” said Judge Borer. He said when someone does not pay their court-ordered child support it can be ruled a misdemeanor or in extreme cases ruled as a felony.

“Sometimes they are put in jail or lose their license,” Judge Borer said. ''Unfortunately that does not resolve the issue of unpaid child support.”

“We see a certain percentage of these individuals who want this unpaid child support off their backs,” the judge said. He said the program will not treat the violation different, but he and Coleson hope to offer advice to help the violator meet their payments.

“Sometimes someone can't find a job because they don't have a GED or license,” he said. 'We want to point them in the right direction to get that GED.”

Coleson and Borer have sent out 13 notices to violators requesting they show up at the courthouse every other week to discuss why they are not complying with the orders. The program will begin in early March.

“Some individuals me they can't get a job because they have a felony record,” Borer said. “We will try to help them make contacts with employers who are willing to hire felons.”

“This is a non-adversal program,” Judge Borer stressed. “And there is no cost to be part of it.” He also said information violators may tell them during these meetings will not be used against them in court.”

“We want to ask them what is preventing them from making the child support payments,” Borer said. “Then we can offer contact information to help them rectify the problem.”

“We can tell them who they can contact for assistance and make them aware of programs that will offer them assistance.”

Both Borer and Coleson hope this is a successful program. “If it works the violator will be able to make their child support payments and the other caregiver will have the needed funds to raise the children,” Judge Borer said. He has background as a longtime staff member of the Putnam County Child Enforcement Agency.

 

se,” Judge Borer said. ''Unfortunately that does not resolve the issue of unpaid child support.”

“We see a certain percentage of these individuals who want this unpaid child support off their backs,” the judge said. He said the program will not treat the violation different, but he and Coleson hope to offer advice to help the violator meet their payments.

“Sometimes someone can't find a job because they don't have a GED or license,” he said. 'We want to point them in the right direction to get that GED.”

Coleson and Borer have sent out 13 notices to violators requesting they show up at the courthouse every other week to discuss why they are not complying with the orders. The program will begin in early March.

“Some individuals me they can't get a job because they have a felony record,” Borer said. “We will try to help them make contacts with employers who are willing to hire felons.”

“This is a non-adversal program,” Judge Borer stressed. “And there is no cost to be part of it.” He also said information violators may tell them during these meetings will not be used against them in court.”

“We want to ask them what is preventing them from making the child support payments,” Borer said. “Then we can offer contact information to help them rectify the problem.”

“We can tell them who they can contact for assistance and make them aware of programs that will offer them assistance.”

Both Borer and Coleson hope this is a successful program. “If it works the violator will be able to make their child support payments and the other caregiver will have the needed funds to raise the children,” Judge Borer said. He has background as a longtime staff member of the Putnam County Child Enforcement Agency.