Child support trial envelops Guardian Angels founder

Child support trial envelops Guardian Angels founder

Depending on various reasons, such as fluctuations in the economy, substantial changes like an increase or decrease in a person’s income can happen to anyone. Particularly when it comes to a decrease in income, such a change can directly impact a parent’s ability meet child support obligations.

Michigan residents familiar with the non-profit organization of unarmed citizen crime patrols, Guardian Angels, may find it interesting to learn that organization founder Curtis Sliwa, who once made over half a million dollars, reportedly is unable to meet his child support obligations. According to reports, following his separation from his wife in 2010 he agreed to pay nearly $13,000 in child support to her for their son. Additionally, despite currently living with his girlfriend and their two children, he signed a support agreement wherein he agreed to pay his girlfriend approximately $20,000 per month in child support. However, in a recent support hearing, Sliwa testified that he is unable to meet his child support obligations to his ex-wife because his income has been substantially reduced to $200,000 a year. Furthermore, he testified that has he no assets, no savings and owes his attorneys over $50,000.

Clearly, as this case illustrates, a substantial decrease in income can impede a parent’s ability to meet child support obligations. In such cases, it may help for the parent obligated to pay child support to explore legal options to avoid arrears, such as a child support modification. This type of action can help a paying parent avoid the negative consequences associated with failing to pay child support.

Source: New York Daily News, “Curtis Sliwa, Guardian Angels founder, testifies he can’t pay ex $13G a month,” Dareh Gregorian, Dec. 9, 2013

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