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Former NFL player jailed for failure to pay child support

Failure to pay child support is not treated lightly in Florida. Former New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray was recently jailed in Florida for failure to pay child support. After paying a $7,924 "cash purge," the former NFL running back was released from jail 17 hours after he turned himself in. The mother of Gray's child filed a paternity petition last year. The 33-year old woman gave birth to the couple's child in the fall of 2015.

The court will hold a parent in jail for failure to pay child support on a "cash purge" until an amount that is owed is determined and paid in lieu of bond. It is unknown how much child support Gray owed. He was under the threat of 30 days in jail when he paid $7,924 and was released from jail the following morning after turning himself in.

Failure to pay child support is treated seriously in Florida and those who fail to pay child support face serious consequences and penalties. Individuals who fail to pay child support may have their wages garnished, tax refunds withheld, an application for or renewal of a passport denied, an occupational or driver's license suspended or face incarceration. It is essential for parents to take their child support obligations seriously and be familiar with options provided for by the family law court if they need to modify a child support order.

Simply ignoring a valid child support order is not an option and parents face serious consequences if they choose to do so. This blog recently discussed child support modifications, how to seek one and under what circumstances one may be granted which is a process all parents who have child support concerns should be familiar with.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Ex-Patriots RB Jonas Gray jailed for not paying child support," Greg Auman, Oct. 4, 2017

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