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Missouri parents, avoid Flavor Flav's child support situation

Many Missouri residents likely have read about issues that high profile personalities can face in regards to child support. Popular music star Flavor Flav is among the latest high profile fathers who have settled with the court in a child support case. According to reports, the legendary rapper owed $111,186 in back child support. Recent reports show he has paid some of that, potentially decreasing some of the legal trouble he has been facing.

Flav has reportedly paid $25,000 of back child support he owes for his three children. In addition to the amount he has already paid, Flav has agreed to pay $1,200 extra per month in an attempt to reduce the rest of the back child support he's responsible for. Flav was facing a potential 180 days in jail for willful violation of the child support agreement currently in place.

His initial agreement required payments of $837.72 per week in support for the three children. While no one knows if he will keep paying as required, as of right now, Flav appears to be back on track and has narrowly escaped a jail sentence. Such a large amount of child support could have been difficult for him to pay back, perhaps leading to his legal troubles.

Famous parents who are getting divorced or who owe child support always attract media attention. For Missouri residents facing similar circumstances, the media aren't likely to be an issue, but the court may be. Failing to pay child support can bring serious legal penalties so parents who are falling behind may want to consider finding an amicable alternative or seek court-approved modification before being faced with going to court to settle any issues with making these payments.

Source: NBCNewYork.com, "Flavor Flav Avoids Jail with Huge Back Child Support Payment," Sam Schulz, June 20, 2012

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