Guardian Angels founder caught in child support dispute

Economic highs and lows can impact anyone. Changes in a person's financial situation may happen throughout an individual's life, requiring an honest re-evaluation of not only financial obligations but also lifestyle.

Florida residents familiar with Guardian Angels, a non-profit volunteer organization of unarmed citizen crime fighters, may find it interesting to learn that Curtis Sliwa, the organization's founder, can no longer afford the $12,000 per month he is obligated to pay his ex-wife for their 9-year-old special needs child.

According to Sliwa, his once over $680,000 salary is now reduced to $120,000. Thus, he is unable to meet his child support obligation of $12,000 per month to his ex-wife, whom his divorced sometime in 2012. Additionally, he notes that in accordance with a 2011 agreement he made with his current girlfriend, he pays her child support for their two sons aged two and five. Presently, a trial over Sliwa's child support payments is underway. To further shed light on his financial situation, Sliwa told the presiding Support Magistrate that he does not have any assets or savings, and in fact had to borrow five thousand dollars from his father to help pay for his divorce last year.

Sliwa's ex-wife on the other hand has accused Sliwa in a separate legal proceeding of taking nearly half a million dollars and giving it to his present partner. Furthermore, she notes that she had to forgo her job with the Guardian Angels, which paid her nearly $150,000 annually. Now, she claims to make only $55,000 a year.

In this case, both parents have suffered a significant change in income. Parents who have experienced a substantial change in their income that directly impacts their ability to pay their child support obligation may want to consider child support modification options.

Source: New York Post, "Angels founder Sliwa: I can't afford child support," Laurel Babcock, Dec. 9, 2013

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