My question involves child support in the State of: Virginia
My cousin owes back child support to a govt assistance program for her daughter. She hasn't paid in about 5 years and she missed a court hearing over a year ago which caused her to have a bench warrant issued. She has been "on the run" for over a year.
On Sept 6 she showed up (high as a kite) to court & the judge placed her in custody without bail until her hearing on the 27th. She has a 12 month sentence hanging over her head for this.
Also on Sept 6 the judge placed her 3 month old son with my husband and I.
1. What information will the judge use to determine if she is sentenced to jail time? (The reason I ask this is because this is the same judge that removed her daughter from her almost 7 years ago)
2. If the child support is paid (doubtful) could she still get jail time?
3. Do judges normally give jail time for failing to pay child support?