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Child support case remains controversial for rap artist

It goes without saying that the entertainment industry provides fame and fortune. Due to that fact, many of our St. Charles, Missouri, readers may have wondered why some celebrities seem unable or unwilling to meet their financial obligations, child support in particular.

For example, Chief Keef, a young rap artist, is facing another controversy regarding failure to pay child support. According to court documents, the 18-year-old rapper has been found in contempt of court after failing to appear on September 5, 2013. Reports stated that Chief Keef's next court date will be October 21. If he fails to show up again, the court may order an arrest warrant, which may result in jail time and other consequences.

Parents, whether they are celebrities or not, are required to support and nurture their child. In most states, including Missouri, child support is the financial obligation of the parents, regardless of whether they are divorced, unmarried or legally separated. There are myriad laws that govern child support obligations and any violation of these laws can lead to several consequences, such as contempt of court.

A parent may be found in contempt of court if he or she violates a child support order. A child support order is an agreement that determines the amount of child support that the parent pays or receives, depending on who has custody of the child or children. If the supporting parent fails to pay child support, there is a possibility for penalties. Contempt of court is a legal ruling of the court where the non-paying parent may face jail time in the worst cases.

The only difference between average parents and celebrities in a child support dispute may be the amount of money they have in the bank. Regardless, every parent has the duty to support his or her child. While child support may seem like just another expense for a non-custodial parent, it may greatly impact a child because it covers the living expenses and basic needs of the child and is, therefore, necessary for that child's growth and well-being.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Chief Keef held in contempt in child support case," Rosemary Regina Sobol, Sep. 13, 2013

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