By Nathan Arnold
Special to DadsDivorce.com
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that parents accused of failing to pay child support can defend themselves against criminal penalties by claiming it was impossible to pay.
For years, Michigan had operated under a strict liability standard that held parents accountable for child support payments, even if they were broke.
Critics, however, have argued that it is unconstitutional to punish poor people for crimes they had no intent to commit.
The ruling now gives parents the ability to defend themselves in criminal cases involving unpaid child support for the first time in Michigan. However, establishing this defense is not easy.