Evander Holyfield faces consequences for not paying child support

Most people are aware that typically a non-custodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent. In today's hard economy, however, a parent court-ordered to make child support payments may not be able to do so in a timely manner or make the payment in the exact amount ordered by the court. Additionally, parents required to pay child support may not be aware of the penalties they can face for failing to pay child support, such as the suspension of a driver's license or even jail time.

Regardless of the walk of life one comes from, the consequences for not pay child support can adversely impact any person. Florida residents may find it interesting to know that former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, who earned nearly $250 million as a boxer, may have his driver's license suspended for failure to pay child support. According to reports, Holyfield owes nearly $327,000 in child support payments.

The Georgia Department of Human Services attempted to collect the payments from him, but as a result of his failure to pay he was added to a list of debtors by the department. Now, a judge has given the department approval to initiate the process to have his driver's license suspended. To make matters worse, Holyfield was thrown out of his 54,000 square foot estate, and forced to auction off his possessions in order to clear his debts, which included delinquent taxes, lawsuits, divorce and child support arrears.

It is difficult to fathom the financial woes Holyfield is facing. However, in the best interest of the child, a non-custodial parent has an obligation to pay the custodial parent child support. Further, factors such as a person's job status, the economy and other financial obligations will affect what a non-custodial parent can afford in child support payments. Accordingly, the payment amount can either increase or decrease. In Florida, the amount of time the non-custodial parent spends with the child will also impact the payment amount.

Source: News One, "Evander Holyfield To Lose Driver's License Over Missed Child Support?," May 28, 2013

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