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Family law issues: Man in jail over child support

Parents have an obligation to their children. At the very minimum, they must ensure that their children's basic needs are met, including food, clothing and housing. In some cases when parents in New Hampshire and across the country are no longer romantically involved, it may become difficult to see eye-to-eye, resulting in family law conflicts. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man was recently arrested, accused of failing to meet his financial obligations to his children.

The 50-year-old man and his ex-wife divorced in 2004 after 16 years of marriage. They had three children together, and he was ordered to pay child support. However, his former wife claims that he did not do so. Eventually, his wages were garnished, but after the first garnishment, he reportedly quit his job and moved to a different state.

In 2012, a court ordered the man to pay over $150,000 in back child support as well as his former wife's attorney's fees. However, he did not attend the hearing, and the judge issued an arrest warrant. He was only recently arrested, and with interest added, he now owes almost a quarter of million dollars. Some reports indicate that he will not be released from jail until he makes a payment toward the money he owes.

Unfortunately, the woman claims that she has struggled financially as a result of her husband's alleged failure to pay child support. Not only can failing to pay child support lead to financial struggles, it can cause irreparable harm to the relationship between the parent and the children. If a parent in New Hampshire finds that he or she is unable to meet court-ordered child support payments, an attorney who is familiar with family law can help him or her request a modification. Simply failing to pay can have serious ramifications, including imprisonment, as this case demonstrates.

Source: USA Today, "Man jailed for owing $223K in back child support", Sarah Fowler, Feb. 8, 2017

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