Battle for child support drags out for 25 years, father owes more than $100k

Mom says boys did without and she won't give up
Posted at 6:30 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 18:30:32-04

Thousands of pages dating back to 1992 tell the story of a one woman battle for child support.

Letters, phone calls, certified mailings, court motions all with the goal of getting a dad to financially support his boys.

Donna Daly says she scraped by while raising Christian and Tristen, and the boys did without a lot growing up. Child support records show the boys’ father Juan Escolastico  paid as little as $3 a month of the $141 a week ordered by a New York judge.

Now after a lifetime of withholding support Escolastico is more than $100,000 in arrears and the boys are now grown.

Over the years the court took his license and put this dad on probation. Last year a judge threatened jail time. Daly said he made one or two payments, then nothing.

We checked Florida records and found Escolastico is one of 2800 parents $100,000 or more in arrears.

A federal law makes it a crime when parents avoid paying support for a child who lives in another state for more than a year. We contacted New York's child support office in August. Since then Escolastico has sent in three payments of $141 each.

Daly knows from experience it won't last. While we push New York for more action and answers she'll continue to wage her one woman war for all that her son's are owed; money she could have used for diapers will now go toward college costs.