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DMX arrested for failing to pay $10,000 a month in child support

When you have a child with another person that you don't live with or aren't in a relationship with, the likelihood is that you'll be asked to pay child support or to be the custodian of the child. If you aren't the primary guardian, it's more likely that you'll be expected to pay for child support and receive visitation with your child.

When a court orders child support payments, you can't ignore that order. Failing to pay child support is a serious offense, and you could have your wages garnished or even be arrested for failing to pay.

This kind of situation is probably best explained by a recent arrest made in New York. According to the news, a well-known rapper, known as Earl Simmons or DMX, was arrested for failing to pay $10,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife. The couple shares four children together.

After Simmons didn't pay child support for several months, he was charged with contempt of court. While the charge was initially filed in July, Simmons was only arrested in late October 2015.

The 44-year-old man spoke in court, arguing against being imprisoned. He argued that if he was put in prison, he wouldn't be able to set up the gigs he needed to pay the child support he owed. That would damage his reputation and result in cancelled shows that had already been advertised.

The judge decided to release the man on bail, but he is obligated to come to a court appearance in mid-November. Failing to do so could result in another contempt of court charge.

Source: USA Today, "Rapper DMX arrested for failure to pay child support," Matt Coyne and Michael D'Onofrio, Oct. 28, 2015

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