If you are not a victim of a deadbeat spouse or parent, you may not be aware of how pervasive and devastating this problem is, not only for Maricopa County but for the entire nation.

Here are some revealing statistics to consider:

According to a CNN 2012 report, there is over $100 billion owed in unpaid child support.

In a blog by Dr. Helen in 2008, she estimated that 11.2 million U.S. child support cases had arrearages (back money owed to caregiver of child) and that on any given day in the United States, 50,000 men and women are in jail for failure to pay child support.

The financial burden placed on society as a whole is monumental. When "Deadbeats Parents" refuse to live up to their obligations, the burden generally falls to the taxpayer. Court costs, costs associated with the enforcement of the court's orders by police, incarceration costs if deadbeat parents are jailed, are only part of the impact to taxpayers. There are also costs associated with state sponsored health care, child care, welfare and food programs.

If you or someone you know is a victim of a spouse who is refusing to pay COURT ORDERED child support, call this number for assistance: 602-876.1053. Remember, law enforcement can only seek to locate deadbeats who have been before a judge and ordered by that judge to pay child support. That deadbeat must have a warrant for arrest before any law enforcement action can be taken.