Man arrested at country club accused of owing child supportThursday, September 11, 2014
On behalf of Stuart N. House, P.A. posted in Child Custody & Support on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
There are many parents in Florida who would sacrifice everything for their children. In fact, the media recently covered a story about a man who chose to live in a car so he could make child support payments for his daughter. There are times when people experience a drastic change in circumstances that prevents or inhibits their ability to make such payments despite their willingness to sacrifice. On the other hand, officials have accused one out-of-state man of racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed payments even though he was living a life of luxury.
The 48-year-old man has allegedly failed to make child support payments since 1996. As a result, officials claim that he owes approximately $250,000 in past payments. He was recently arrested and has been charged with felony failure to pay child support.
The man was allegedly taken into custody after arriving at his country club in his luxury vehicle in California. He has apparently seen some success as an Internet and DVD fitness guru. Police claim that he was relatively easy to find due to his Internet presence. If convicted of the 10 charges against him, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.
In Florida child support cases, some people get distracted by peripheral issues, such as disagreements between two parents. Instead, the focus should be the best interest of the child. While it is understandable that someone may go through hardships that make it difficult to make child support payments, it is important to discuss these issues with the family court. Failure to do so could result in wage garnishment and imprisonment among other possible consequences.