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Texas child support: Modification may help struggling parents

Monday, December 11, 2017

Texas parents required to pay child support may have occasionally struggled to make their payments, but one man reportedly fled the country in order to avoid paying and now owes over $1 million dollars for his three children. He is currently facing two criminal charges for failing to pay his child support. The money has been overdue for more than a decade.

During his time overseas, he worked a variety of jobs to get by. But when he decided to travel to the Philippines, authorities deported him because he did not possess proper identification. Once this occurred, the man was sent back to the United States where he was taken into custody. No bail has been issued for the man since his arrest and extradition back to his home state.

The man's attorney stated his client no longer wanted to run from his obligations. The children's mothers did not attend the recent proceedings, but the man's attorney claims they all agree he should not serve time. Instead, they believe he should find employment so he is able to repay what he owes. As part of a plea agreement, the man is required to pay full restitution.

Failing to abide by a court order could result in criminal penalties and fines. When Texas parents find themselves struggling to make their child support payments, they can request a modification to their order if a hardship exists. A child support modification could reduce the amount owed per month until a parent is able to get back on their feet and begin providing for their children again.

Source: Fox News, "Man dubbed nation's top deadbeat dad admits owing $1.2 million," Feb. 22, 2013

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