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TV star arrested for owing more than $1 million in child support

For many parents and the children in their care, child support is an important part of everyday life. It can be the difference between food in the refrigerator and empty stomachs in households across the nation. The importance of child support is not lost on the state and those seeking payments. In most situations, child support is set at the time child custody is determined. Unfortunately, whether due to a lack of ability or a lack of willingness, there are those who fail to make child support payments. When that occurs, courts have a wide array of options to encourage payment.

Producer and reality TV star Stevie J is back in jail after failing to comply with the terms of his release following an earlier arrest for not paying his child support obligation. In 2013, the producer owed his ex-wife over $1.1 million dollars in back child support. Although the producer is in the middle of a 30-day court imposed rehab, he was indicted by a grand jury, although his arraignment isn't until the middle of February. The funds are for back child support and his children's college expenses. His ex-wife suggested that he continues to miss his payments because "he's been able to get away with it."

Utah has a set of laws governing the award of child support and the penalties for non-payment. Judges can take a wide range of actions, starting with a contempt hearing. Other than hearings, a judge can revoke a person's driver's license, withhold their tax returns and even impose jail time. It is important to recognize how important even a single child support payment can be.

Source: Madame Noir, "Stevie J Indicted For Owing Over $1 Million In Child Support," Jazmine Denise Rogers, Jan. 15, 2015

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