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Man arrested abroad owes $1.2 million in unpaid child support

Many people fall behind on bills every now and then. Especially during the current tough financial times facing all Bostonians, it is becoming more and more common to be a little late with the rent, energy bill or car payment. But when the late payment involves child support, it is unfortunately children who feel the pinch. For a man recently arrested in the Philippines, however, the troubles with child support went far beyond just a missed payment or two.

The man recently pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to pay child support. The surprising matter in this case is that those two counts represent $1.2 million dollars in delinquent payments. The payments have been in arrears, meaning they have not been paid, since 2002.

The man has been on the move for several years and, according to his attorney, had grown tired of running. After first fleeing to Florida, the man then made the trek to Thailand where he worked a number of odd jobs. Finally, he was arrested in the Philippines when he was unable to produce valid identification and sent back to the United States.

Though the man's globe-hopping journey is unusual, cases of missed child supports payments are all too common in the current economic downturn. If payments have been missed, parents owed money can ask the court to enforce the order. Also, those having trouble making payments may ask the court to reduce the amount of the payments from that in the original order.

In the some case, like this one, jail time will be one of the penalties those behind on child support face.

Source: ABC News, "NY Man Dubbed No. 1 Deadbeat Parent Pleads Guilty," Frank Eltman, Feb. 22, 2013

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