Noncustodial parents in Texas are generally required to care for their children regardless of their social status. After going to jail for failure to pay child support, singer R. Kelly was ordered to continue to pay $21,000 a month to care for his three children. In his home state of Illinois, failure to pay child support is a felony, and the singer spent three days in custody before paying the $161,000 he owed.
It was reported that a fan paid the money, and it was also reported that a fan paid $100,000 to bail him out of jail in February. However, Kelly claimed that he got part of the money to pay his ex-wife from family members and friends. The singer claims that he only has $350,000 in the bank, and his attorney was seeking to have his support obligation reduced.
Noncustodial parents are required to pay child support because doing so is in the best interest of their kids. The money is generally used to provide clothing, food and shelter to a minor. It is also typically used to pay for a child's medical care and other reasonable expenses that may arise. Courts generally take a failure to comply with a support order seriously because it could result in the parent and child requiring public services to survive.
This is money that the government would rather not have to pay if a parent is able to do so on their own. Individuals who owe back child support may face the loss of professional licenses as well as jail time and financial penalties for not paying in a timely manner. However, an attorney might be able to help obtain a child support modification order. This could make it easier to meet future payment obligations on time.