ABC's Bachelor Faced FL Child Support Trouble According to Report

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

The legal system is equipped to help parents seeking to enforce a child support order, as well as parents struggling to meet obligations pursuant to a child support order.

It has been reported that Florida's state Department of Revenue had to take action against Juan Pablo Galavis, the first Hispanic bachelor on ABS's television show, The Bachelor, for failure to pay child support. Child support enforcement authorities in Florida, at the request of the then two-year-old child's mother, proceeded with child support enforcement action against Galavis for nonpayment of child support for the child whom he and the woman share. According to reports, Galavis was 16 months behind in child support monthly payments, for a total of about $3,900, in addition to the medical expenses that authorities were also pursuing on behalf of the child's mother. There is no evidence to currently suggest that Galavis is not paying child support for his now five-year old child.

It can be extremely important that those that are required to make monthly child support payments do so, simply because of the possible penalties that may be faced for failure to do so. Penalties for failure to pay required child support payments can range from wage garnishment and tax refund withholding to business, occupation or driver's license suspension, denial of a passport and even jail time, in extreme circumstances. It is important that a parent experiencing difficulty meeting child support obligations not fall into a pattern of delinquent payments and seek help for his or her difficulties such as a possible child support modification, instead.

The legal system recognizes that at times, paying parents may encounter circumstances that make it difficult for them to make child support payments according to a current support order. In some circumstances, such as a significant change in the life of the child or parent, a child support modification may be granted. These situations, such as the loss of a job, can impact a parent's ability to pay following a support order.

Those struggling to enforce or meet obligations regarding a child support order should utilize existing resources through the legal system for help. A trained family law attorney can work with a party in either circumstance to help resolve any family law issue the party is facing, including child support issues.

Source: Jose Lambiet's Gossip Extra, "EXCLUSIVE - Florida Child Support Enforcers: The Bachelor Was a Deadbeat Dad!," Jose Lambiet, Feb. 17, 2014

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