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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Father Sentenced for Child Support Arrears in Excess of $500,000

The story of one Michigan man's serious child support issues:

The Muskegon man has fathered 23 children with 14 women, and is more than $533,000 in arrears in his child-support payments, according to the attorney general's office, which has been pushing a case against Veal -- tied to two of those children -- in Kent County Circuit Court.

On Thursday, Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced Veal, 44, to two to four years in prison for failure to pay child support, a felony. With this sentence, the judge far exceeded the state guidelines, which called for Veal to get no more than six months in the county jail.

"You are the poster child for irresponsibility," Leiber told Veal, who appeared surprised by the sentence. "You're an insult to every responsible father who sacrifices to provide for their children."

Read more here.


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How do they expect a father to pay arrears on child support from a jail cell?

Posted by: cebrooks | Oct 22, 2010 12:01:27 AM

The simple fact is it is your responsibility to pay for your child's welfare wether you like it or not and some states take the non-payment of child support quite extremely.

Posted by: Family Law Attorney | Nov 8, 2011 1:38:48 PM

It is not uncommon for a deadbeat parent to be sentenced to jail but to be released during the day on a work release program with all monies earned to be applied to child support. Additionally, the mother of the child has great grounds to file a termination of parental rights on the father for failure to support the children. Even if the termination is granted the father would still be libel for past child support arrears.

Posted by: Austin Private investigator | Nov 13, 2011 3:34:30 PM

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