One of the unfortunate realities of many divorces is that some parents will go to great lengths to avoid making court-ordered child support payments. In fact, many persist in this kind of behavior despite the possibility of wage garnishment or the threat of imprisonment.
To illustrate, consider a recent story out of Florida involving a delinquent parent who rather that attend a child support hearing, decided to concoct a rather colorful story that would keep him out of the county courthouse.
According to reports, 51-year-old Michael C. called local law enforcement officials last Tuesday claiming that he had been beaten, stabbed and robbed in his home by two men.
Specifically, Michael C. told the responding deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office that he answered the door in his home only to be confronted by two unknown suspects with whom he eventually got into a heated argument.
Michael C. then informed the deputies that the argument escalated into a physical altercation, resulting in one of the men stabbing him in the abdomen and robbing him of $4,000.
He was eventually taken to the hospital for treatment and provided police with a description of the attackers and their vehicle.
Interestingly, the very same day of the attack, Michael C. had a child support hearing scheduled to discuss his child support arrears – which totaled exactly $4,000.
An official with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office later announced that Michael C. had “admitted to detectives that he had lied” about the assault/robbery and had gone so far as to cut himself with a piece of glass.
It remains to be seen if he will be charged with any crimes …
To learn more about nonpayment of child support or other post-divorce issues, contact an experienced and skilled legal professional.
Stay tuned for more from our Ft. Worth family law blog …
This post is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Names have been withheld to protect the identity of the parties.
Deputies: Man cuts himself, claims he was robbed (The Tampa Tribune)