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Rapper DMX charged for nonpayment of child support

Texas residents who are fans of the rapper known as DMX may be interested to learn that he was taken into custody for failure to pay child support and other charges. The incident occurred in New York City on June 26 just before the rapper was going to perform at the Master of Ceremony concert at Radio City Music Hall.

The 44-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, allegedly had several outstanding legal issues. According to a New York City Sheriff's Department spokesman, Simmons owes $400,000 in back child support. He also had a warrant from White Plains for skipping bail and a warrant from Newark for robbery. The management company that represents DMX did not immediately issue any comments.

When two parents go through a divorce, a judge often issues a child support order that is based on the incomes of both parents. Although the child support order may initially be appropriate, changes in circumstances could result in a need to modify the original order. For example, the child support order might need to be changed if the noncustodial parent becomes unemployed or the custodial parent's income increases significantly.

A child support order will not immediately adapt to a sudden change in either parent's circumstances. When a noncustodial parent loses their job, they will have to go to court in order to get the child support order modified by a judge. A parent who can no longer afford to make child support payments may want to contact a family law attorney as soon as possible so that they can mitigate any negative consequences of nonpayment.

Source: Huffington Post, "Rapper DMX Arrested In NYC Over Unpaid Child Support," June 27, 2015

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