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Father who is out of work jailed for not paying child support

A 31-year-old father was recently released from jail for failing to pay child support. He is supposedly $50,000 behind on payments, and will be sentenced in early April for failure to support or maintain a child.

In this case, while the man has already pleaded guilty, he said upon release that he would find a job within the next day or two. Half of his net income will then be turned over to pay back child support for his 11-year-old daughter. As long as he complies with the court orders, the state has agreed to recommend probation instead of jail time.

The 31-year-old father said that for income he's hopeful that he can sell cars. He said that he has 10 years of sales experience, but has just been out of work for the past few years.

In this case, the fact that the father faces criminal consequences for being behind on payments shows just how serious the courts take paying court-ordered child support.

In the state of Missouri, parents who are behind on their payments are normally contacted by the Division of Child Support Enforcement. Of course, in some of these situations, the parent has not paid because they are out of work, or their financial situation has changed and a modification to the existing order is needed.

In this recent case, the district judge has already said that the child support payment schedule that was set in May 2005 will be re-evaluated.

In general, if you are a father who was recently contacted by the DCSE, do not go at this alone. Instead, make sure to contact an attorney who focuses on family law to make sure that your interests are also protected.

Source: The Record-Courier, "Man admits he owes $50,000 in child support," Feb. 13, 2012

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Getting a lawyer to help when you are out of work and need to have child support readjusted is a great idea but if your out of work it's impossible to pay what a family law attorney wants to help with this. Besides, I have requested an adjustment to lower my child support when I changed jobs and after the request it was increased instead of decreased. In requesting it be lowered or re adjusted 2 times it went from 150.00 a month to 234.00 a month couldnt afford the 150 when I had to quit work so now i'm afraid if I request it adjusted again and lowered it's gonna be over 300 a month. Any place I can get free legal help to get it lowered? I'm physically unable to work but cant get SSI when I keep being given a choice of 3 years in prison or get part time work to pay something on support. Besides the child support I'm taken to court every month and charged court cost in addition to the support. This is quickly adding up to a huge amount.

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