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Absence in New York support hearing may land father in prison

The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time for both Westchester parties involved, especially when they have one or more children from the marriage. Questions such as who is going to have primary custody of the children and determination of the method of child support that the other parent needs to pay are commonly raised in the course of the legal proceedings. Even when the marriage is not formally dissolved, a parent may still be called upon to pay his or her share of child support.

Depending upon parental income, disputes relating to child support may involve several legal complications. The court always tries to keep the best interests of the child in mind in deciding such matters. Most states have clearly laid down child support guidelines and delinquent payments towards the everyday expenses or medical expenses of the child may attract penalties for the parent concerned.

The courts also frown upon instances wherein the parent concerned appears to neglect his or her duties to pay such child support despite having sufficient financial means. This is something that celebrity hip-hop, reality television star Stevie J may find out to his detriment, after he failed to appear in a New York court in a hearing scheduled for a child support related dispute that he has been having with the mother of his two children.

The father apparently owes more than $1 million in child support and he has already been served with a subpoena. In case he fails to appear in the next hearing, a warrant for his arrest can be issued by the authorities concerned. Matters such as this bring to light the reason why parents need to take child support disputes and the associated legal rights and responsibilities seriously. In case one is involved in such disputes, help from an experienced family law attorney may be in the parent's best interest.

Source: Eurweb, "Stevie J Could Face Jail Time for No Show at Court Date," Deron Dalton, Mar. 12, 2014.

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