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Non-payment of child support may mean contempt of court

It is common knowledge among divorced couples in Pennsylvania that the non-custodial parent is expected to pay child support. The amount of child support differs with each former couple, based on a number of variables but mainly on income. Fans of the “Real Housewives” series may be interested to hear about the fate of Jules Wainstein’s ex-husband, Michael, as he has twice passed up opportunities to pay an amount previously set by a judge.

Michael is having to appear at a contempt of court hearing next month because he has not made any attempt to pay child support and other fees that total to over $135,000. Jules’ attorney has said he gets money from his parents so he can travel, eat at the best restaurants and do other things he wants to do. Although he did throw his son a very lavish birthday party, her lawyer does not believe that is enough.

Michael’s attorney maintains that after-school activities and home energy bills, among others, are paid for when Michael has the money. She also claims the amount her client owes is nearly half the total quoted and that he is not able to pay the $45,000 in legal expenses further ordered by the judge. The judge has reiterated that Michael is able to come up with the money when it benefits him, and in the judge’s opinion, the money for Michael’s children is not important enough to acquire. Michael is facing jail time if he is found in contempt.

Child support is vital to a custodial parent trying to raise a child. That support can sometimes mean the difference between two meals a day or three, a thick coat in the coldest winter months or a threadbare sweater for warmth. Pennsylvania custodial parents who are having a hard time getting the financial support they need will want the professional assistance of an attorney who will fight with that goal in mind.

Source: pagesix.com, “Former ‘RHONY’ star’s estranged husband facing possible jail time“, Kate Parker, June 8, 2017

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