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Maryland family law: Man caught for $1.2m in child support

Many in Maryland have heard about the man that is said to owe approximately $1.2 million in back child support who was recently taken into custody by the U.S. Marshal's Service at a west coast airport. His case may become one of the most sensationalized family law cases that doesn't involve a celebrity. The man has allegedly avoided paying child support to his ex-wife with whom he has two children for over 10 years.

It is claimed that, before fleeing the country, the man consistently under reported his income in order to avoid paying more child support. The federal complaint indicates that the former auctioneer had been ordered to pay $750 per week to his ex-wife for child support. The man allegedly offered to turn himself in over the years, but never did. After apparently entering the Philippines without proper identification, the Philippine government deported him to the United States.

Seeing a father that has allegedly willingly and actively avoided paying his child support may anger both custodial and non-custodial parents alike. There are many non-custodial parents in Maryland that are having difficulty paying their child support. Many of them are willing to pay, but through circumstances beyond their control, they are simply unable to pay.

When a parent is unable to meet their child support obligations, it not only affects the non-custodial parent, but the custodial parent and children as well. As this case demonstrates, our state and federal governments assist custodial parents by providing a number of enforcement measures to collect back due child support over and beyond wage garnishment and other family law measures. In this instance, the man has been arrested and may be criminally prosecuted for willfully evading child support. In these types of proceedings, when appropriate, courts typically require that payments be made for back support as a condition of bail and, should a conviction be obtained, as part of any criminal sentence.

Source: New York Post, "Long Island man, the nation's worst deadbeat dad, arrested at LA International Airport," Alex Dickinson and Kieran Crowley, Dec. 19, 2012

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