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Father facing criminal charges for failing to pay child support

A business owner and father in another state was recently criminally charged for his failure to make support payments for his children. While this may seem extreme, when a non-custodial parent is behind on child support payments, whether in Maryland or elsewhere, facing criminal charges is a very real possibility. It is simply one of many forms of enforcement that custodial parents may turn to if needed in order to collect.

In this particular case, the 33-year-old father of two reportedly owes over $90,000 in back child support payments. As a business owner, he also allegedly failed to report his income to child support services, which is a requirement in most states. As a result, this individual has been charged with a felony count for failure to pay and a felony count of aiding in the failure to pay child support. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of up to five years and a personal fine of $50,000, and his business could also be fined up to $1 million.

The criminal consequences of not paying child support can be devastating, both personally and professionally. Parents who are struggling to meet their support obligations may have options so that enforcement options such a criminal charges can be avoided. For instance, seeking a modification in support amount may be a possibility.

Falling behind on child support payments is something that is taken seriously by the state of Maryland. Making sure children are adequately provided for is a top concern. Unfortunately, circumstances arise that can make it difficult for many parents to keep up with their support obligations. With legal assistance, these individuals may be able to work out agreeable terms that offer the support their children need, but that also fit within their current financial situations.

Source: ktuu.com, "Flooring business owner charged with felony failure to pay child support", Paula Dobbyn, June 2, 2016

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