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Changes in income can alter child support

One would think that a responsible parent would want to make sure that his or her children were provided for. Regardless of the relationship with the former spouse, the children are still a part of both parent’s lives. While many Florida parents take their responsibility seriously and provide appropriate child support for their children, there are sometimes instances where this is not the case.

Recently, a gentleman from another state has made the news for owing close to $500,000 in child support. In 1989, the courts ordered this gentleman to pay $100 per month in child support. After he claimed that he could not do this because of medical and employment issues, the payment was reduced to $14 per month. However, it later came to light that this gentleman had a change in fortune.

Apparently, even though he had employment and medical issues, he was able to form a successful internet business. In 1996, he sold this internet business for approximately $2 million. Officials allege that despite this change in his income, rather than ensure that his children were taken care of, he discontinued child support payments. This gentleman’s current location is unknown, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

In addition to the child support arrears that this gentleman owes, he may also face a fine of $250,000 and a possible prison term. While the majority of Florida parents take responsibility for their children seriously, there will always be those who do not. In this case, it may be necessary to seek assistance through the court system in recovering the child support that is owed. On the other hand, non-custodial parents who truly suffer financial hardship may be able to seek a child support modification to a more manageable amount that still helps provide for their children.

Source:, ‘Most wanted deadbeat’ dad sought for owing half a million in child support, Liz Klimas, March 20, 2014