As the old adage goes, “you can never escape the long arm of the law.” One Orlando resident certainly found out that was true when he was arrested and extradited back to New York to face child support neglect charges.
The 51-year-old Orlando resident, who was wanted for two separate outstanding warrants, was pulled back to Ulster County, New York, where he is currently resting in jail with a $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.
The warrants were issued by Ulster Town Court and Ulster County Family Court and dated back several years to 2012 and 2013. Police reports indicate that there may be additional proceedings related to other charges he accrued while in New York.
Extradition and incarceration may seem excessive if he lost his job, or if his pay rate is lower than when the court first established his support payments, so that he couldn’t afford the payments. But time passed and now the ship has sailed on his ability to challenge the rate at which the support accrued. Now he owes a whopping $83,000 in child support. I am sure he is regretting not filing a modification case to reduce his child support payments a long time ago now that he’s facing contempt of court, jail time, and huge fines.
Although individuals are often dragged into divorce and child support proceedings against their will, the decisions made by the court are binding, and they will be enforced if it comes down to that. When a court decides that an individual has to pay a certain amount of child support payments, it is not optional.
It is sometimes possible to enlist the help of an attorney and get the child support payments reduced. That usually requires a substantial change in circumstances since the last time the court looked at the case. A child support attorney can help you determine if you are eligible for a reduction in child support payments.
The moral of the story is that when the child support court makes a decision, it’s final – and you will have to abide by it one way or another.