Miami father falsely accused of failing to pay child support

There are a lot of parents out there who fail to provide for the everyday expenses of their children. Often referred to as deadbeat parents, these people choose not to take care of the children they helped bring into the world. This means that Florida authorities are kept busy trying to track these men down and initiate child support enforcement against them. Often, they are brought to the attention of the state when one parent submits a claim that the other parent has failed to pay their child support.

A Florida judge determined that the State Attorney's Office pursued a Miami father who was falsely accused by his ex-wife of not paying child support. Apparently the authorities were a little too zealous in their attempts, forcing the father to appear in court several times after he proved to them that his ex-wife's claim was not valid. In addition to the continuous legal wrangling, the father's passport was frozen, preventing him from earning a living; he frequently conducts business in Latin America.

The judge in the case severely scolded the prosecutor and the ex-wife for their actions. In addition, he ordered them to each pay over $7,000 to cover the legal fees of the father.

When a father is following the law and making regular monthly payments, he should not be subjected to such treatment. While the state has said that it has made changes to its policies as a result of this case, any father who feels that he is being unjustly pursued may want to speak with an attorney who can advise him of his legal rights.

Source: The Miami Herald, "Miami judge calls child support prosecutor's actions 'reprehensible'," David Ovalle, Feb. 7, 2013

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