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Man ordered to pay thousands in back child support

Having a child is one of the greatest responsibilities that a couple will ever have to face. When a relationship between parents fails, the child still requires and needs emotional, physical and monetary support. However, while determining who will pay child support can be difficult, California residents have options for seeking assistance in making these important decisions.

When a non-custodial parent is unable to or fails to make these payments, there may be consequences that include legal actions. Recently, a father has been sentenced to five years of probation after failing to make these payments for several children. According to the home state where most of his children reside, the man is behind in payments by thousands of dollars. A judge has ordered that he make restitution to the mothers of his children in excess of $57,500. According to the records, two of children, aged 5 and 9, reside with their mother to whom he allegedly owes an estimated $46,800.

A third child, aged 7, lives with the mother to whom the father purportedly owes approximately $8,000. He is also being held accountable for an estimated $2,700 for benefits that the state paid to these women. The 30-year-old man is also purportedly the biological father for two other children in other states. There is a garnishment order for one of the children for $250 a week after he failed to make those payments. There is currently no action taken for the fifth child who lives in yet another state.

The judge in this case stated that the man will face a jail sentence if he fails to make the stipulated restitution payments. While this in not a typical case, it is vital that custodial parents receive these payments in a timely manner in order to provide for their child's needs. If California parents experience difficulty in making or receiving child support, they may seek assistance through the family court system. An experienced attorney can provide assistance in filing these petitions for modifications in these orders.

Source:, "Maine man ordered to pay $57,500 in back child support", Judy Harrison, Nov. 20, 2017

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