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Missouri child support modification possible for parents

Many Missouri parents may owe child support money to the custodial parents of their minor children. With the current state of the economy, it can be difficult for some to continue making those payments, especially in the event of job loss. Even people who may appear to be making good money can have trouble making their child support payments. Such is the case for a current NBA player who could serve time in jail if he doesn't make good on his past due payments.

A judge handed down a delayed 11-month jail sentence on a charge of desertion and abandonment against the former Detroit Piston cager. If he fails to pay the mother of two of his children the $53,053 in child support he owes, he could end up serving time. Under terms of the sentence, the player will be allowed to make the required payment when he receives he first paycheck from the NBA team he signed with for this season.

The woman in the case addressed the court before the man's recent sentencing. She said that she is disappointed in how he handled the situation and that she has always kept him informed about their kids. She also claimed that he had the opportunity to spend time with the boys and be involved in their lives.

In addition to the back child support payments, the man has been ordered to pay fees and court costs and is required to appear every month in court until he catches up on his past due payments.

The current financial situation of this player is unknown, although it can be assumed he is pulling in an adequate income from the NBA. However, many people aren't likely as fortunate as this man has been and may need to seek a child support modification through the Missouri courts.

Whether a job loss has occurred or some other situation makes it difficult to pay, parents can request their payments to be reduced if they meet certain requirements. It's beneficial to consult with an attorney to learn about options and determine how best to proceed.

Source: The Oakland Press, "Former Piston 'Flip' Murray owes Pontiac woman thousands in child support," Dave Phillips, Oct. 9, 2012

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