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Non-payment of child support results in legal hassles

Many custodial parents in Pennsylvania know that it is extremely important to get financial support when trying to raise their children. Some parents know that if child support is not received, there could be lapses in being able to provide clothing, medicine or even food for their little ones. Parents who have been ordered by the court to help in the provision face consequences if they do not uphold their child support agreements.

An arrest warrant has been issued by a federal judge for Andre Rison, a former college and professional football star. The warrant states that Rison violated the probation conditions of his child support agreement. He is expected to turn himself in as an act of compliance.

Rison faced two counts of failure to pay child support four years ago and was ordered to pay over $300,000 after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him. According to reports, he has barely paid a tenth of that amount. The warrant also addresses a positive test for marijuana in the past few weeks. The use of the drug is forbidden under the terms of his probation.

Child support payments that are determined by the court use information pertaining to earnings and other financial data pertinent at that time. Quite often, circumstances for both parents change, necessitating a modification of the original agreement. Pennsylvania parents who have run into problems with an existing agreement or who need to set up an initial arrangement will want representation by a professional who will keep the best interests of the children in mind.

Source: kcci.com, “Andre Rison turns himself in for child support violation“, Aug. 11, 2016

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