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Hi, I'm Heather, an attorney with 15 years experience.
Child support is his responsibility to pay, and when he doesn't pay it voluntarily, the state will step in and garnish his paychecks. When the state forces him to pay by garnishing, this looks bad on him, if he was refusing to pay it voluntarily. In addition, I wonder if he was not paying all that was due and past due. Usually you have to be behind alot before they will put you in jail for not paying child support. When he gets out, he needs to really make paying his child support a priority. In addition, if his child support obligation is too high, since he is only working in fast food, he needs to try to have it lowered, because it will be really hard for him to ever get caught up if the monthly obligation is too high from the beginning.
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