When Minnesota parents pay child support, they may think they will always be able to afford these payments. If a parent goes to jail, however, he or she may not be able to pay child support.

Many people may think that if they are in jail, they do not need to worry about paying child support. CNN says this is not always the case and sometimes the payments accumulate while a parent is in jail. This is because many states do not see incarceration the same way they view unemployment. If a parent gets laid off from a job, he or she may ask to pay a lower amount in child support. Incarceration, however, is sometimes seen as a form of intentional unemployment and in this situation, people may not be able to request a modification to these payments. 

There are a few things people can do to manage their child support payments while they are in jail. According to Very Well Family, some parents may want to work with a child support enforcement agency. Sometimes these agencies can help people get employment once they are out of prison so parents can begin earning the money they need to pay child support.

Additionally, it is a good idea for people to contact the court system as soon as they know they will be going to prison. In some situations, a court might allow parents to stop paying child support while they are in prison. Sometimes parents may also be able to pay a lower amount. A person’s particular circumstances usually determine whether a court agrees to this request.