Man jailed for owing child support in Miami

Child support can be a difficult family law issue to tackle, especially as more and more time passes. When courts set a monthly amount of child support to be paid by an individual, they base the amount on various factors and guidelines in an effort to ensure that the child support payment is fair and reasonable for both parties. Unfortunately, as time goes by, changing circumstances may affect just how fair the child support payment is.

For example, if an individual is suddenly and unexpectedly fired, then that individual may no longer be able to meet the same amount of child support without sacrificing their own quality of life. Such an unfortunate instance occurred recently in Florida, where a man was recently jailed in Miami for failing to pay almost $50,000 in child support owed in relation to his 14 children.

The man claimed that he had recently served more than 20 years in prison, during which time the child support payments were not placed on hold as they should have been. He claimed ownership of a tree service, which is presumably how he earns the income that should be used to pay for the child support. The Miami-Dade judge set the man's bond at only $4,000, claiming it was lowered for the sake of the man's children.

It is because of situations like this that it is so important for individuals to enlist the aid of an attorney when dealing with child support matters. An attorney can help individuals plead their case when circumstances change, and they can no longer afford to pay their child support. Alternatively, attorneys can assist individuals in seeking child support that they are owed if the other party is evading payments.

Source: NBC Miami, "Miami-Dade Judge Admonishes Man With 14 Kids, $50K in Back Child Support," Brian Hamacher, July 10, 2015

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