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TV personality gets prison time for not paying child support

Texas residents may know Stevie J from his time on the show "Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta." However, he is now in the news for failing to pay child support. In February 2017, he plead guilty to not paying over $1.3 million and was sentenced to three years on probation or however long it took to pay half of that amount.

According to media sources, he must turn himself in to federal authorities by April 10. The case has become a federal one based on the amount of money he owes and the fact that he owes child support in multiple states. He currently has six children with the youngest having been born in December 2016.

Child support payments are designed to help protect the best interest of the child. They may be used to pay for medical expenses, educational costs such as hiring a tutor or to cover basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. The amount of support a person is owed is generally based on guidelines that are set forth by the state. Those guidelines may include how much a parent makes or if a parent is currently caring for other children at the time a request for support is made.

A failure to pay child support could result in financial difficulties for a custodial parent. These difficulties may have a negative impact on the well-being of a child. Therefore, severe penalties may be placed on those who don't make payments as ordered or otherwise agreed to. An attorney may be helpful in seeking a resolution to the matter such as having more time to pay a past due balance. Legal counsel may also help a person seek a child support order modification.

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