Former NFL Player Faces Jail for Failure to pay Child Support

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

It is important to remain current on child support payments or promptly seek help from the court when you are having difficulty making them. A former NFL linebacker is facing jail time in Broward County for failure to pay child support. The former football player is potentially facing six months in jail for failing to pay nearly $382,000 in child support payments and medical bills for his 4-year-old daughter. According to court records, his daughter, who has cerebral palsy, is also blind.

The mother of the child brought a paternity action two months after the child was born. Shortly after the paternity suit was filed, the 31-year-old former football player gave $5 million to his parents and reported to the court that it was a gift and he does not have access to the funds. The Broward County family court determined that the former football player was withdrawing the money from his parents at his discretion. He now lives in a different state, though his parents remain in Florida where he grew up. His NFL career ended in 2011 due to an injury.

The former football player owns a juice bar and lives in an $800,000 home; the family court found that it was not credible that he lives on between $2,000 and $3,000 in earnings from the juice bar. The court ordered him to pay $6,917.21 beginning last year in addition to $2,000 a month in child support arrears and medical expenses. According to a representative for the child's mother, she has not received more than $1,000 a month since that time. The family court recently signed a warrant for the former football player to be jailed for willfully and intentionally violating the court order and failing to pay the ordered child support.

Child support enforcement is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly or ignored. While the legal process provides child support enforcement options, it also provides a variety of options to help both parents, including child support modification options. It is important to promptly seek the help of a family law attorney when parents have concerns regarding their child support.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Ex-NFL player facing jail in Broward over $382,000 in missed child support," Rafael Olmeda, May 10, 2016

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