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Man may face 15 years in prison for overdue child support

When Denver parents divorce or separate, they must often contend with issues of child support. Some may face emotional and financial problems with making these payments in accordance with their child support guidelines, but it is exceptionally important that these people make every effort to stay current. When accounts become seriously overdue, law enforcement officials and the court system may enter the equation, leading to severe consequences for delinquent payors.

One Chicago man’s delinquency in paying his child support may result in a 15-year prison sentence. The issue dates back to 2007, when he was initially required to make monthly payments amounting to approximately $1,000. These were intended to help provide for his two minor children. Since that time, he has fallen behind in his payments, which has resulted in a remedial contempt order and a warrant for his arrest. At this point he owes almost $100,000.

According to reports, the man last made a payment in 2008, in the amount of $100. This report does not indicate whether he ever made his payments consistently, or whether the delinquency resulted from a loss of employment.

Child support is an important responsibility for non-custodial parents, as the failure to make such payments can lead to serious penalties. However, there are options available for those who are having legitimate difficulties with their support payments. If you are in danger of becoming a delinquent payor, you may find it beneficial to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you determine the best way to navigate the issues you are having with your child support requirements.

Source: Leader-Telegram, “Chicago man owes $100K in overdue child support,” April 25, 2014. 

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