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Orange County man arrested for failing to pay child support

Florida residents may find interesting to learn that a man from Orange County was picked up on an outstanding and somewhat unusual warrant. The warrant was issued on account of his failure to meet his financial obligations by not paying child and spousal support. What is unique is that the man apparently failed to pay to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The 51-year-old was arrested by investigators from both the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. The reason for his appearance in federal court was his supposed failure to pay nearly $159,000 in child support payments.

Additionally, according to court documents related to the County Sheriff's warrant, the father has been charged with failing to pay $452,000 in both spousal and child support payments. Of that total, $162,000 is linked to outstanding child support payments. Furthermore, the sum total of outstanding debt on that warrant is unrelated to the debt at the center of his federal court case.

According to the U.S. attorney, the man and his current wife allegedly bought property and developed it during the period of time he was supposed to make his child and spousal support payments. The man is expected to appear in court in the near future.

Many parents ordered to pay child support understand that it is in the best interests of the child. What many may not know is that failure to pay child support can put a parent on the radar of child support enforcement agencies who may issue a warrant for one's arrest. This is likely if child support arrears exist and the parent has made no attempt to rectify the issue.

For parents who have experienced a change in their income, such as a job loss, a petition for child support modification can help set the record straight. Consulting with a family law attorney may help one understand how best to address their situation in light of avoiding penalties for missing or delinquent payments.

Source: Times-Herald Record, "Man charged with not paying $452,000 in child, spousal support," Heather Yakin, May 23, 2014

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