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Lottery winner must pay up thanks to overdue child support

Friday, September 22, 2017

A man who recently won a $338 million lottery jackpot will not be allowed to collect any of his winnings until he pays back almost thirty thousand dollars in owed child support payments. The man, who has five children aged 5-23, has outstanding child support dating back to 2009, which means he will also owe interest for the years he missed at a rate of 9 percent per year. This will be deducted from the amount he won in the popular Powerball lottery, familiar to many Texas residents.

The man, an immigrant and small business owner, will be worth approximately $152 million after deducted taxes. Courts generally determine child support payments by using an equation to tally a total equal to 20 percent of half the earnings of their parents, up to a maximum of $300,000. Attorneys attached to the case suggest the man could be facing child support payments of up to $60,000 a year per child who files a claim.

The man's home state only enforces child support up until age 18, but experts say his oldest son could seek retroactive payment if his mother files a request to do so. Typically, however, courts will decide upon appropriate child support payments based on the children's' accepted standard of living up to that point. This means the children of the lottery winner won't expect to see celebrity-sized payouts as their lifestyle has been modest.

Child support is critically important to ensuring children are appropriately taken care of in a divorce or separation situation. Should one parent's means suddenly change so drastically, it can profoundly influence the requirements of child support moving forward. Texas residents facing child support situations of their own may find it useful to determine what will happen to their required payments should good fortune befall them.

Source: New York Daily News, "Powerball winner Pedro Quezada riches will be cut down by $29,000 in past-due child support, and thousands more per year could be claimed," Vera Chinese, March 28, 2013

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