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Florida man gets probation in child support case

The reasons for the need to pay child support if you are ordered to do so are obvious. In a Florida divorce, child support may be required for a non-custodial parent in order to pay for children's basic needs. If these requirements are not followed, there can be consequences for the parent -- not to mention hardship on the part of the children and the custodial parent, who are counting on those child support payments.

While some parents might fall behind from time to time on their payments, it is rare that criminal charges are brought and penalties imposed. One Florida man, however, essentially left a judge no choice but to do so recently because of his continued failure to pay child support.

The case originated back in 2007, when the man was ordered to pay $216 per week as part of the divorce settlement, which took place in Maine. Over the next several years, the man made inconsistent payments, including some that were less than the expected amount. As a result, by late 2012, the man owed more than $60,000 in back payments.

From that time on, according to court records, the man stopped making any payments. After an investigation, he was charged and pleaded guilty to failing to pay child support. A judge placed him on probation for five years and ordered him to pay the back payments, which now exceed $100,000. If he does not do so, he could face prison time.

Any number of variables can make child support matters difficult -- and the distance between Florida and Maine in this case may have increased the degree of difficulty.

Source: Bangor Daily News, "Florida man ordered to pay more than $101,000 in child support," Judy Harrison, Feb. 4, 2016

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