Former football player jailed for not paying child support

Penalties and consequences in Florida for failure to pay child support can be significant. A former NFL player recently spent most of the night in jail in Florida for failure to pay child support. Former New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray recently turned himself in and was jailed for failure to pay child support. The 27-year old former NFL player paid a cash purge of $7,924 and was released from jail.

Though the amount of child support owed was not known, the 33-year old mother of the child filed a paternity petition last year following the child's birth in the fall of 2015. The court will hold a parent who has failed to pay child support in jail on a cash purge until the amount determined to be owed is paid in lieu of bond. The former NFL player faced 30 days in jail prior to paying the $7,924 and was released after the payment was made.

The penalty for failure to pay child support in Florida can be stiff. Parents who fail to meet their court-ordered child support obligations face multiple potential penalties and serious consequences for a failure to pay child support. Non-paying parents may face wage garnishment, having their tax refunds intercepted, the suspension of a driver's license or occupational license, the denial of a passport or refusal to renew a passport or jail time when they fail to pay child support. Because of the potentially stiff penalties they face, it is important for parents who owe child support not to ignore their obligations.

Rather than ignore child support obligations, parents should be familiar with the options available through the family law court to help them seek a modification of their child support order in certain circumstances. Simply ignoring a valid child support order is not an acceptable solution which is why parents should understand how to utilize family law resources to help them if they are struggling to meet child support obligations.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Ex-Patriots RB Jonas Gray jailed for not paying child support," Greg Auman, Oct. 4, 2017

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