'The Bachelor' TV star accused of failing to pay child support

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, television shows such as 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' garner attention from audiences all over the world. Florida residents familiar with these television shows may get the impression that the lives of those portrayed are prefect or near prefect. But, in reality some participants on the show may face problems just like anyone else.

In fact, according to media reports, 32-year-old 'The Bachelor' star Juan Galavis, who has a 4-year-old daughter with his ex-girlfriend, allegedly owes her thousands of dollars in back child support payments. The couple separated after a two year relationship. The star's ex-friend filed paperwork to either get public assistance for their daughter or to request assistance with getting child support. Reports indicate that in May 2011 the 32-year-old was ordered by a court to pay his child support arrears, which were a little over $3,500.

According to reports, the Florida Department of Revenue, the agency responsible for child support enforcement, garnished wages earned by the 32-year-old star, withholding about $50 per month to recoup the arrears. Additionally, approximately $250 per month was also being withheld for monthly child support payments.

However, despite the child support issues the couple has had, media reports indicate that the ex-couple has managed to keep a fairly good working relationship and are working together for the sake of their 4-year-old daughter.

For couples who are no longer together but have a child, issues such as child custody, support and visitation may arise from time to time. In the best interest of the child, it is best for parents to work together to resolve their issues. However, when an agreement cannot be reached or there is a discrepancy in the accounts of what and how much child support is owed, rather than negatively impacting the parent-child bond, it may be helpful for the couple to get more information about their legal options.

Source: Reality TV World, "'The Bachelor' stat Juan Pablo Galavis reportedly deadbeat dad, didn't pay child support," Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, Jan. 6, 2014

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