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Severe penalties for failure to pay child support

When a couple brings a child into the world, it is often a happy time; one when the new family can learn and live and love together. There are occasions, however, when the happy family experiences setbacks. Sometimes these setbacks stem from financial turmoil, illness, changes in personality or priority, and a number of others. If a couple decides that these setbacks supply good reason to divorce and children are in the picture, there may be a child support schedule for parents to consider.

On Christmas Eve, an event took place that ended in the death of an estranged wife and mother. The father had apparently received threatening phone calls from his wife stating that if he did not pay the two months of child support payments that he owed, she would have police arrest him. The father reported that he had not seen his children in eight months because he was behind in support payments by two months.

In addition the his wife’s threatening calls, a child support collection agency in Warren County contacted the man and confirmed that he would be arrested and that his driver’s license would be suspended. The man went to his wife’s home, where he was accused of repeatedly stabbing his wife until she died. He is also accused of stabbing her 22-year-old daughter. The man alleges that he blacked out when he arrived at his wife’s home and has no recollection of the incident.

Failure to pay child support can result in severe penalties. When parents need help mitigating support payment issues, it may be helpful for them to seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

Source: Post Star, “Stabbing suspect ‘snapped’ over child support call,” Don Lehman, Jan. 15, 2014

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