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Rapper DMX Facing Paternity and Child Support Disputes in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Popular 1990s and early 2000s rapper DMX is embroiled in both paternity and child support disputes in Florida. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has 12 children and is currently in jail for failure to pay child support. He was sentenced to six months in jail for failure to pay child support. Florida officials are ordering the rapper to take a DNA test, however, it appears that paperwork was mistakenly sent to a man named Earl Simmons living in another state. The rapper's former partner is seeking to show that DMX is the father of her two children, as part of the child support dispute between the two.

The family law process is available to help individuals seeking to determine paternity of a child, as well as individuals seeking to determine child support obligations and enforce child support obligations. In Florida, the courts and legal process can help establish parents establish paternity and also establish a child support agreement or order. Once paternity has been legally established, child support obligations can be ordered.

Parents who fail to pay child support can face serious consequences and penalties. Penalties can include jail time in certain circumstances. Consequences for failure to pay child support can also include garnishment of wages, federal tax refund intercepts, driver's license suspension, suspension of a business or professional license and denial of a passport. Additional consequences, such as liens placed on personal property of the parent owing unpaid child support, are also possible.

It is important for a number of reasons, including emotional and financial reasons, to legally establish paternity when necessary, as well as to establish child support obligations. The family law process is available to help parents in a variety of circumstances and situations, including parents seeking to establish paternity and collect child support. But legal help is also available for parents struggling to meet their child support obligations.

Source: WKBW, "DMX embroiled in paternity case mix-up," Oct. 9, 2015

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