Family law judges in Jefferson County and elsewhere order child support payments to ensure that both parents are bearing the financial responsibilities of raising a child. While some parents default on payments due to lack of income or having lost their job, others can more than afford the court ordered payments, but choose not to follow through with their obligations.
A woman in one state claims that NFL quarterback, John Skelton, went back on a child support arrangement between himself and a woman with whom he had a child right after high school. According to reports, they had struck an agreement that allowed Skelton to complete college before he took over his financial obligations.
The mother of Skelton's daughter claims that he has repeatedly defaulted on the court ordered arrangement and at one point had racked up close to $20,000 in owed support payments. The court is since reported to have ordered him to obtain health insurance for his child and purchase a life insurance policy for himself on which she would be the beneficiary, as well as pay the total amount owed in one lump payment.
Skelton reportedly questioned his paternity, but a test proved he was in fact the young girl's father. It was not reported whether he had voiced concerns over whether he was the child's biological father initially, or if the questions arose when it came time to start paying child support.
An experienced attorney can be helpful in situations such as this, where a parent has defaulted on their child support payments. Legal representation can explain your options to you and help you go about getting the owed support. An attorney may also be able to assist you in seeking an adjustment if your financial circumstances have changed since the initial court ruling.
Source: ABC 7 News, "NFL quarterback John Skelton's court dispute involving El Paso woman", Asher Wildman, May 29, 2013