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Man owes child support totaling $1.2 million

Child support payments are a common issue of dispute when parents divorce or separate. Family law in Texas calculates these payments through a set of specific guidelines that consider the paying parent's net resources and the number of children requiring support. The following case involving large child support payments has attracted national attention.

A man pleaded guilty on Feb. 21 to evading child support payments worth $1.2 million, according to prosecutors. The federal government has dubbed this man the "Most Wanted Deadbeat Parent." Prosecutors added that the man has spent the past decade avoiding child support payments to his three children by two ex-wives.

A U.S. attorney said the man moved to Florida from New York and then left the country to evade arrest on warrants issued in 2000 and 2002. He was arrested in November 2012 at an airport in the Philippines because he lacked proper identification. He was then deported back to the United States.

Authorities added that the man had previously been charged with possessing a false British passport after he was arrested in Thailand. He is currently scheduled for sentencing on May 21 and faces a maximum of four years in prison.

A change in life circumstances may justify a change in child support payments. These changes may be requested by various parties, including the child, the paying parent and the parent receiving the child support payments. What parents should not do, as this case clearly illustrates, is simply avoid paying child support.

Source: First Coast News, "Man pleads guilty to owing $1.2 million in child support," Julia Talanova, Feb. 22, 2013

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