Former basketball player avoids jail time by paying child support

Most non-custodial parents in Florida are aware of the importance of one's obligation to pay child support in a timely manner. They are typically ordered to pay the custodial parent child support to help with expenses and costs associated with raising the child or children. However, what many may not realize is that there are potentially serious consequences of not paying court-ordered child support.

In fact, recently, a judge ordered former NBA MVP player Allen Iverson to pay the child support he owed in the amount of $40,000 to his ex-wife within 72 hours or face contempt charges. The former basketball player avoided jail time by paying it off. Apparently, the court ordered Iverson to start making child support payments five month ago when his divorce was finalized. At that time, his ex-wife was granted legal and physical child custody of their five children and he was granted visitation. Iverson indicated that he was under the impression that he and his ex-wife were in the process of reconciling, and hence he did not pay the court-ordered child support monies to her.

In Florida, the Department of Revenue enforces the child support program. Consequences of failure to pay court-ordered child support to a custodial parent include the non-custodial parent being held in contempt of court, jail time, suspension of driving privileges, professional licenses, restrictions on one's travel and more.

To avoid the serious consequences of not paying child support, it is important to make timely payments. However, changes in circumstances such as a lay-off, reduced work hours, and the like may prevent a non-custodial parent from making a payment. In such an event, it is important to seek a modification of child support payments.

Source: Sports World News, "Allen Iverson pays off $40,000 in back child support, narrowly escapes jail," Glenn Minnis, July 15, 2013

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