Rapper to faces jail time for failing to pay child support

Disputes surrounding child custody and support can arise between parents anytime for a variety of reasons, and can affect people from all walks for life. Florida residents familiar with rapper Chief Keef will find it interesting to learn that according to reports, recently the 18-year-old rapper was held in contempt of court for failure to make child support payments.

The mother of Keef's child filed paperwork seeking child support from him sometime in January. The woman is seeking child support to cover the child's day-to-day expenses such as day care expenses, health insurance and expense, unpaid child support and legal fees. Keef was scheduled to appear for a child support hearing, but he did not show up for it. The judge held him in contempt of court and ordered him to appear at a future date for a status hearing. According to reports, if the 18-year-old rapper fails to appear at the status hearing and fails to make child support payments, a warrant for his arrest could be issued.

Typically, a non-custodial parent is obligated to pay the custodial parent child support payments. Child support guidelines vary from state to state. In Florida, the amount of child support payments depends on a number of factors such as the income of parents, childcare expenses, educational expenses, cost of healthcare and related medical expenses. Further, the number of overnights the child spends with each parent affects the child support payments. For instance, if more than 20 percent of overnights are spend with the non-custodial parent, then a reduction in child support is possible.

In the best interest of the child, when disputes between parents surround child custody and support, they should be resolved as soon as possible. Many parents may have questions regarding such issues. It may be helpful for parents to talk with an experienced family law attorney for the best course of action.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Chief Keef held in contempt of court for not paying child support," Michael Lansu, Sept. 12, 2013.

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