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Back child support lands former NFL player Meachem in jail

It is not altogether unusual for individuals to struggle with their divorce settlements. However, if parties do not make their alimony and/or child support payments as required, serious issues could come about for everyone involved. New York residents may be interested in one case that recently resulted in a former professional football player going to jail. 

Reports stated that Robert Meachem and his ex-wife have two children, and they share custody of the kids. However, Meachem was ordered to pay child support and alimony to his ex-wife. The amount for both forms of support reportedly totaled $20,000 a month. However, the former footballer has fallen behind on those payments, and he owes approximately $400,000 in back support. 

As a result of his failure to pay, Meachem was recently sentenced to spend 30 days in jail. If he is able to pay his wife $100,000 before the end of that time period, he could be released early. However, reports stated that during a court proceeding in December, Meachem stated that former business associates had stolen money from him, which left him having to borrow money in order to take care of himself. Presumably, this issue contributed to his inability to pay the support.

When major changes affect a person's financial situation, he or she can file for child support modifications. Such modifications could help parties avoid situations such as this one in which jail time is a consequence. If New York residents are struggling to make necessary support payments and fear the repercussions, they should speak with an attorney about pursuing modifications.

Source: New York Post, "NFL standout jailed for not paying $400K in child support", Feb. 15, 2017

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