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Man sentenced to probation, owes $71,000 in child support

The vast majority of parents in Missouri simply want what is best for their children. In many cases, parents are ordered to make child support payments to help ensure that a child's needs are met. Unfortunately, some people fail to make their payments for a variety of different reasons. One out-of-state man has recently been arrested on claims that he owes over $70,000 in child support.

The 43-year-old man was first ordered to make child support payments in 2004. At that time, he was told to pay $165 each week until 2017 when the child will turn 18. He allegedly left the state after that. He was initially arrested in 2010 for failing to pay child support and spent three months in jail at that time.

He was arrested again in June 2014. He was released on probation but arrested again in October after he reportedly violated the terms of his parole. A judge has recently sentenced him to five years of probation and ordered him to pay the $71,000 he owes in child support.

Many people in Missouri would do anything they could to make their child support payments. Unfortunately, there are often circumstances beyond their control, such as the loss of a job or a serious illness, that could prevent them from doing so. As evidenced from this case, failure to make court-ordered payments could have serious consequences. If someone experiences a sudden change of circumstances, a court could take that into consideration. However, it is important to address these concerns with the court in order to prevent imprisonment or other consequences of failure to pay.

Source: bangordailynews.com, "Former Maine man ordered to pay $71,000 in back child support", Beth Brogan, March 5, 2015

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