Arrest of DMX highlights illegality of ignoring child support

On behalf of Janet Boyle of Boyle & Feinberg, P.C. posted in Child Support on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Illinois parents who are behind on child support may not have their alleged shortcomings publicly revealed like rapper DMX, but they still could face legal pressure to comply with court-ordered payments. Authorities recently arrested Earl Simmons, whose stage name is DMX, just prior to his scheduled performance at Radio City Music Hall because he was reportedly $400,000 in arrears on child support. The Erie County family court had issued a warrant because of the unpaid money.

According to the local sheriff’s department, an additional warrant had been issued for DMX because he had allegedly jumped bail. A robbery incident from another state had also added to his naegative headlines although no charges have arisen from the accusation that he attempted to rob someone at a gas station. Another accusation about aggravated and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle has surfaced as well.

He missed his 8 p.m. performance at the Masters of Ceremony concert and was taken into custody. Media inquiries to his management company did not produce any official statements.

As this celebrity’s arrest illustrates, criminal charges could result from a failure to pay child support. A person who is not receiving payments ordered by a family court could seek assistance from an attorney. Legal services might help a person track down a parent avoiding support payments, especially if the person has moved out of state. An attorney could prepare documentation and coordinate efforts with an out-of-state agency to compel a person to catch up on payments. Alternatives to arrest could be the garnishment of wages, seizure of property or interception of tax refunds.

Source: WPIX11, “Rapper DMX arrested in New York City“, Samantha Tata, June 27, 2015