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R. Kelly may face jail sentence for failing to pay child support

Raising a child is difficult, if one parent is absent. Unfortunately, this is all too typical following a divorce. Child support is discussed in divorce cases involving children to ensure that one parent will continue providing financial support to the children. Saint Charles readers need to understand that failure to pay child support can lead to serious consequences for the supporting parent, which is the case of R. Kelly, "King of R&B."

According to his legal representative, R. Kelly, is embroiled in child custody and child support issues, and he may be sentenced to jail time, if he fails to appear in an upcoming trial. On Feb. 13, the estranged wife filed a lawsuit, stating that her ex-husband failed to pay $20,833 in monthly child support.

Last year, the singer-songwriter was also involved in unpaid child support issues, amounting to $100,000. In that case, R. Kelly managed to settle.

In this case, the supporting party has to pay off the unpaid child support to avoid serious consequences, including jail time. If the supporting party is facing financial difficulties, he or she has to find ways to settle unpaid child support and seek the modification of existing child support agreements.

Modification of child support goes both ways: reduction or increase of an existing child support order. When a person is seeking to reduce child support, he or she must prove that unexpected life challenges, such as unemployment, affected his or her finances. The judge will then determine if the claims are valid and approve or deny the request.

On the other hand, parents can request for an increase of child support due to the growing expenses of the child. Still, the ability of the supporting party is considered with such requests.

Family law is complicated, especially child support. For more information pertaining to child support and other related concerns, parents may wish to talk to a legal professional.

Source: News One, "R. Kelly facing jail time for back child support?," Ruth Manuel-Logan, Feb. 20, 2014

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