Darius McCrary, who played the role of Eddie Winslow on the 1990s hit television show Family Matters, was arrested recently in Michigan for failure to pay child support. The 38-year-old actor was arrested at the order of a judge during a court appearance by McCrary. The judge told the former TV star to either pay the child support owed or to go to jail.
Child support enforcement in Michigan serves a very important function, but sometimes the laws surrounding child support can be convoluted and have unintended consequences. Michigan residents may find it interesting to know that a man is being compelled by the state to pay child support for a child that he did not father; if he fails to do so, he may go to jail. The man notes that DNA testing has shown that he is not the father and has vowed to not give in to the state's demand that he pay past-due child support. According to the man, nearly 30 years ago, a woman he dated became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy.
In any relationship child custody, child support and parenting time disputes between parents could arise at some point before the child emancipates. Every situation is different, but generally family courts apply the "best interest of the child" standard to determine which parent should get custody.
Every now and then, people may hear on the news or read in a newspaper that child support enforcement has increased and that authorities are rounding up parents who have failed or neglected to pay their child support obligations. What Michigan residents may not know is that depending on the amount of child support arrearage, the penalties for failure to pay can be very severe and potentially result in jail time.
A change in circumstances which can significantly impact a persons' ability to pay their monthly child support obligation can happen to anyone. Michigan fans of singer Beyonce may find it interesting to learn that according to recent media reports the presiding judge in the child support modification case involving her father and the mother of his son resulted in significantly reduced child support payments.
According to recent reports, a new Cheboygan County amnesty program could potentially clear over 80 separate arrest warrants that had been issued for the apprehension of parents who failed to pay their monthly child support payments and had child support in arrears.
According to the Minot Police, a 41-year-old man was arrested by authorities for having nearly $100,000 in child support arrears. Michigan residents will find it interesting to learn that the 41-year-old man was pulled over by the police for having an expired registration. Apparently as part of the traffic stop, the officer who pulled the man over conducted a warrant check to see if there were any active warrants.
Around New Year's, most people aspire to close challenging chapters from the previous year and they look forward to opening new chapters in the next year. Particularly when it comes to child support issues, both parents may want to put aside their differences and work in the best interest of their child.
In the best interest of the child, generally, to help the custodial parent with care and upbringing of a child, the non-custodial parent may be ordered by a court to pay child support. In Michigan, the amount of child support is based on not only the incomes of both parents, but also on other costs such as day care expenses and health care expenses. If, however, a parent ordered to pay child support fails to do so, he or she may potentially be arrested for failure to pay child support and face jail time.
This past summer Southeast Michigan counties conducted child support sweeps, and collected an estimated $125,000 in past due child support payments from delinquent parents. According to reports, those parents who owed child support payments and had active arrest warrants were offered the choice of making payments to bring down their child support debt or to face the consequences of not paying child support.