Couples who have processed a divorce in Pennsylvania can likely attest to the expense a couple can expect following a divorce. Because couples begin paying for more than one place of residence either before or following a divorce, expenses that were combined are often doubled. In addition, some divorce agreements order one spouse to pay the other alimony and/or child support to assist in the care of any shared children. While making ordered alimony and/or child support payments can be stressful, it is no reason to disappear as a man in another state is accused of doing after having failed to make multiple payments.
The 52-year-old man had been divorced since 2008 and had racked up a hefty child support bill. According to family, he was stressed over legal hearings concerning the $549,000 he was accused of not paying. The man was recently reported missing, and it is not clear what may have happened to him.
The man was reported missing by a cousin. Video surveillance footage captured what appeared to be the man paddle boarding in the ocean near his beachfront home, and it may be the last evidence of the man alive. Some family members are concerned that the man may have had a heart attack while on the water, and others believe that he may have fled the country to avoid his child support payments. Because the man’s keys, wallet, clothes and passport were found in his home, many do not believe that the man fled the country.
Following a divorce, income and circumstances in life may change, making it difficult to make child support payments as ordered. The right family law attorney in Pennsylvania can assist parents struggling with payments to understand their legal options with regards to renegotiating the original agreement. As well as representing parents accused of not making child support payments, attorneys are often helpful to parents who have not received child support payments or who might need a change in the original agreement.
Source: abc7news.com, “Man who owes $500K in child support vanishes into ocean on paddleboard“, Emily Shapiro, March 29, 2018