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Former NFL Buccaneers' Player Faces Child Support Charges

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

It is important for those with child support obligations to understand that resources and options exist to help with problems related to child support agreements.

A former NFL fullback who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was recently arrested for failing to pay child support. The former player, B.J. Askew, was arrested in Florida on charges of failure to pay child support in Michigan. Askew has allegedly failed to pay approximately $268,000 in child support.

Authorities allege that Askew has three children he has failed to make a child support payment for since 2012. Askew played football in college at Michigan and was drafted in 2003 by the New York Jets. He then played in Florida for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2007 to 2009 until injuries from a car accident ended his football career. Askew will be returned to Detroit to face the charges against him.

While child support can vary by state, some similarities remain. Penalties for failure to pay child support are fairly standard and potentially serious. Penalties can include wage garnishment, the withholding of tax refunds, driver's license and occupational license suspension, the denial of a passport or even jail time. Because child support enforcement laws promise fairly meaningful consequences for those who fail to make required monthly payments, it is important to not fall into a pattern of delinquent payments and instead seek a child support modification in those circumstances.

A child support modification may be granted in circumstances when a child or parent is facing a significant life change, such as the loss of a job. A family law professional can help a party experiencing problems with a support agreement seek a productive solution.

Source: NorthJersey.com, "B.J. Askew charged with failing to support kids," Jan. 21, 2014

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